The Department of Transport and Planning (DTP) values and is committed to protecting your privacy.
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We handle your information in accordance with the:
- Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014(opens in a new window) (Vic) (PDP Act) and the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs)
- Health Records Act 2001(opens in a new window) (Vic) (HR Act) and the Health Privacy Principles (HPPs), and
- Victorian Protective Data Security Standards(opens in a new window) (VPDSS)
and with other applicable laws.
Why we collect your information
We are responsible for a range of functions and activities that relate to:
- transport services, including public transport, road management, vehicle registration and licensing and custom plates services (R&L Services and CP services); and
- planning services, including planning the use, development and protection of land in Victoria, and other related services including the regulation of building works, local infrastructure and the management of land titles.
When we perform our functions and activities we are subject to various Legislation.
We collect your personal and health information to carry out our functions or activities, under various Legislation including:
- Transport Integration Act 2010 (Vic)(opens in a new window) (Transport Integration Act)
- Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 (Vic)(opens in a new window) (TCM Act)
- Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic)(opens in a new window) (Road Safety Act)
- Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic)(opens in a new window) (Planning Act)
- Building Act 1993 (Vic)(opens in a new window) (Building Act)
- Transfer of Land Act 1958 (Vic)(opens in a new window) (ToL Act)
- Local Government Act 1989 (Vic)(opens in a new window) (Local Government Act)
- Subdivision Act 1988 (Vic)(opens in a new window) (Subdivision Act)
- Public Administration Act 2004 (Vic4(opens in a new window)) (Public Administration Act),
and where otherwise permitted by law.
A full list of the transport legislation and regulations applicable to us can be found on the Transport legislation and regulation webpage. A list of the planning legislation and regulations applicable to us can be found on the Planning legislation webpage(opens in a new window).
Transport system functions and activities
We are responsible for overseeing, planning, delivering and operating Victoria's transport system in a way that responds to the needs of the people and freight that travel on it. We carry out a range of activities that relate to:
- public transport, road management, including road safety strategies, vehicle registration and driver licensing
- procuring, developing, constructing and commissioning transport infrastructure
- providing technical, project management, consultancy, data and information services relating to the transport system
- carrying out enforcement functions permitted by law
- developing regulatory policy, legislation and regulations.
We work closely with the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA) and the Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA) in planning, delivery and construction of major transport and rail projects to deliver Victoria's Big Build.
Planning functions and activities
We are responsible for managing Victoria's planning, building and heritage systems. We carry out a broad range of activities such as:
- developing long-term, integrated land use strategies and policies
- urban development and enabling government's infrastructure strategies, programs, and proposals for the use, development or protection of land and planning policy or requirements
- issuing permits for land use or development and related matters, and co-ordinating the issue of permits with related approvals
- the safety and health of people who use buildings and places of public entertainment, and to enhance the amenity of buildings
- the transfer or dealings in land and maintaining related registers regarding land titles
- statutory responsibilities and carrying out enforcement functions permitted by law
- stakeholder engagement and community participation
- compliance with reporting requirements
- investigating incidents and/or defending any legal claims against DTP or its members, officers, or employees
- developing regulatory policy, legislation and regulations.
What we collect
We only collect the information necessary for our functions and activities, including:
- personal information, such as your name, age, gender, job information, photograph, email address, home address, and other contact details, as well as your property information
- health information, such as any medical conditions which may be relevant to assessing your fitness to drive a motor vehicle.
We may also collect other kinds of information relating to your use of our websites. This may include your IP address and the date and time stamp of your visit. You can find more information about our website collection practices in our website privacy statement.
We may collect your sensitive information in circumstances where we are required to do so by law, or when we connect it with your consent.
We may also collect information from you that is not personal information but which is provided to us for research purposes, or other purposes. We respect your choice to remain anonymous, and you may interact with us anonymously where it is lawful and practicable for you to do so. However, sometimes, it may not be possible for us to provide information, deal with a complaint or perform other activities unless we can identify you. For example, we may not be able to respond to your enquiry or complaint, or fulfil a FOI request unless we are satisfied that the requested information relates to an individual.
Application, registration, and licensing information
We may collect your information in order to process (and to manage) your driver licence, vehicle registration or transfer, or disability parking permit. We collect this information to:
- identify and communicate with you, and for road safety, environmental and law enforcement purposes
- ensure that people who drive motor vehicles on highways are competent drivers
- ensure that people who are, or who become, unfit to drive are not permitted to drive on highways
- enable the identification of drivers for the purposes of law enforcement and accident investigation
- ensure that drivers are aware of safe driving practices and road law
- ensure that the design, construction and equipment of motor vehicles and trailers which are used on a highway meet safety and environmental standards
- enable the use of motor vehicles and trailers on highways to be regulated for reasons of safety, protection of the environment and law enforcement
- provide a method of establishing the identity of each motor vehicle or trailer which is used on a highway and of the person who is responsible for it
- to inform our road safety strategies so that we may reduce road deaths and injuries.
Complaints under the Accident Towing Services Act 2007 (Vic)
We may collect your personal information, including vehicle registration details, for the purpose of investigating complaints under the Accident Towing Services Act 2007 (Vic).
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
Victorian railway stations, train carriages, trams and buses, road networks and other locations, including our offices, vehicles and service centres are equipped with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.
CCTV cameras capture information to support the transport and road network including for:
- operational, planning and evaluation purposes
- passenger safety and law enforcement
- to inform us about road management and service patronage
- to monitor and evaluate infrastructure projects and understand whether that infrastructure is performing as intended
- to assess road-user behaviour data
- to identify incidents on the road network, respond to public concerns, assist the media with traffic reports, and monitor congestion and roadworks.
We also collect and use CCTV information to monitor transactions between staff and the public, for building security and operations, and to protect the safety of staff and the public. CCTV activities may be undertaken at DTP-managed office locations, in customer service and contact centres, and in incident response and roadworks surveillance vehicles to assist in managing safety incidents.
Public transport and road operators and entities also operate cameras and collect CCTV information on transport and road networks on our behalf, and they may share this information with us. Live CCTV information captured on vehicle cameras may also be collected by our industry partners who manage tow trucks or roadside assistance vehicles.
We may collect CCTV information to assess traffic volume, traffic composition, level of service, travel speed, lane positioning and headway. We also use sensors and other video analytic technologies to count passengers and assess crowding, and for road management purposes. The use of video analytics and other technology is performed in accordance with our security and privacy requirements.
CCTV information is retained in accordance with the Public Records Act and other applicable laws. Retention periods vary between (5-60 days). We will only retain CCTV information for longer periods if the information is saved within that period in response to a specific request for an authorised purpose.
Public transport information and ticketing information
We collect your information from public transport digital channels, websites, CCTV information, surveillance or image capture systems, and from other applications. We also collect your information from complaints and enquiries relating to the public transport system, customer engagement programs, market research projects, and subscriptions to our email or other correspondence.
We may collect your personal (including sensitive) and health information in relation to:
- the management and operation of the public transport and ticketing system and services
- the purchase, registration, top-up, payment, use and refund of a myki Pass or myki Money
- the verification (and analysis) of payments for ticketing services and requests for refunds and entitlements
- the application for and management of concession fares, free travel passes or other discounts
- the creation, use and management of a myki user account, including in relation to lost or stolen cards, or personal effects located, in relation to lost or stolen cards
- the use of public transport travel journey services, infringement processes, and law enforcement processes
- complaints and enquiries relating to the public transport system, including by individuals or the relevant agencies.
The personal information we collect may be anonymised to give us statistical data for customer analysis and reporting purposes. We may use this data to improve our services to you, or for other organisational purposes.
Planning permits and schemes
We may collect your information for the issuing and management of planning permits. For example, you may make a submission to the planning authority about an amendment to a planning scheme, apply for a permit for the use or development of land, object to an application for a permit, or enter into an agreement with a responsible authority.
Building activity, permits and regulation
We may collect your information including for the issuing and managing of building permits, regulate building works and registering building practitioners. We may also collect your information in relation to activities under other building-related legislation. For example, you may apply for a building permit, seek to register, certify or amend plans, be the subject of a building notice or emergency order, register as a building practitioner or be involved in enforcement or infringement actions or proceedings.
Property ownership and land titles
We may collect your information to perform the functions of the Registrar of Titles and in the management of the Office of Titles. The Registrar must keep a Register of land with a description of the proprietor and the nature of the interest held by the proprietor. Certificates of title on a folio may also include information, such as your mortgage registration information.
Public engagement and consultations
We engage with the community on a range of topics and issues relevant to our functions. We collect information through a range of engagement channels including surveys, and consultations to help design, assess and support transport and planning programs and projects, and also to educate, seek feedback and address issues raised by stakeholders and members of the community. The information collected from you may be used to communicate with you and for future engagement, promotional, marketing, and research purposes.
Credit card information
We may collect your credit card information to process a payment. The credit card information we collect will be held in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard(opens in a new window).
Employment and recruitment information
If you are employed by, or apply to be employed by us, then we will collect and store your personal and health information, and in certain circumstances your sensitive information, throughout the recruitment process. We may also collect further information during your employment with us, for example, to support inclusion and diversity initiatives.
The employment and recruitment information we collect is used or disclosed for purposes that include:
- recruitment and ongoing people management purposes, including employee relations, human resources, payroll, learning and development
- internal business operations, including to support enterprise IT platforms and information management systems and databases and internal communications
- workforce and human resource research, diversity and inclusion initiatives, agency and government capability development and workforce planning, career and talent management
- emergency management, occupational health and safety and public health, safety and welfare, and disputes or litigation.
We retain this information in accordance with the Public Records Act, the Public Administration Act, and other applicable laws. Certain information may also be shared between government departments and agencies in accordance with the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020 (Vic).
As part of DTP's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DTP has adopted measures to comply with its occupational health and safety obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). This includes collecting vaccination information and other health information.
We receive correspondence that is sent to our internal functional areas, ministers, and other individuals. This correspondence is usually sent directly to DTP or ministers, to our contact centres, or through our social media and other sites and platforms, and may be sent to the relevant DTP team or minister’s office for a response.
Correspondence may include your personal and health information and this may be accessed by our staff or ministers for action and to respond to you.
We may keep copies of correspondence for certain periods of time in accordance with the Public Records Act and other applicable laws.
We also collect permits and events information to allow for:
- the application, monitoring, and receipt of applications to carry out traffic management activities, as well as for construction and planning activities.
- registrations through the Road Access Permits Portal and the use of the Road Access Permits Portal, to submit and review your application, and when payments in the Road Access Permits Portal are completed through myVicRoads.
We may also collect information to respond to enquiries made to public call centres operated by us or on our behalf by our third-party operators and our joint venture partners.
Call enquiries made to contact centres managed by R&L Services, our Traffic Control Centre, Public Transport Contact Centre and to transport safety officers may be recorded. These calls are recorded for quality, training and verification services and to assist us in responding to incidents, managing complaints, enquiries and requests for information. You may request access to written transcripts of your call enquiry. Please refer to our How you can access and correct your information section.
We may collect your health information which is necessary for our functions and activities. The health information we collect may relate to injuries, medical conditions, complaints, disability information, toxicology information, vaccination information and other health-related information, and it may be collected from the public or third parties.
We may collect information on road crashes to assist with road safety analysis and education, and infrastructure improvement. This information may include details of incidents, drivers, passengers, and injuries. Some road crash information may be shared with other road safety agencies, law enforcement agencies and government research entities.
To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also adopted measures to comply with our occupational health and safety obligations under the OHS Act, including by collecting vaccination information and other health information about staff and other individuals.
We may collect sensitive information for the purposes of functions and activities. This information may relate to court proceedings, investigations, and law enforcement processes.
We also may collect sensitive information, such as inclusion and diversity information, and disability information for the purposes of recruitment and employment activities and to support transport and planning strategies and initiatives.
Furthermore, we may collect sensitive information concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (indigenous peoples) and other ethnic or cultural groups. We recognise that where information is collected about indigenous peoples, what may be considered to be sensitive information by those peoples may be different to the definitions in the privacy laws. Therefore, this information is collected carefully to protect and maintain the honour and dignity of the relevant group.
We will only assign unique identifiers to you if it is necessary for us to do so, including where it enables us to carry out our functions efficiently. For example, we assign unique identifiers to driver licences and registrations.
We may also assign individual identifiers to help us communicate with you, such as when we need to respond to a complaint, enquiry, or other general correspondence. Similarly, we may assign identifiers during the course of our research activities. These identifiers are not always assigned to identify you, but rather to keep track of your interactions with us.
How we collect your information
In most cases, we will collect information about you directly from you, including:
- when you use our website or online services (including social media platforms)
- when you use the public transport system
- when you make an application or are required to respond to an enquiry by us in relation to one of our functions or services
- when you correspond with us or provide feedback, or make another kind of approach to us
- when you apply for a position at DTP, or during your ongoing employment
- when you register, join, or participate on our social media pages and accounts and online forums
- when we receive solicited or unsolicited communications from you, including on social media
- when we conduct community information sessions, door-knock campaigns and other awareness-raising and engagement activities
- in any submissions, survey responses and other material we receive through our consultation activities
- when we receive and investigate complaints, enquiries, or information requests
- when we engage with landowners, residents or businesses about the use, development, acquisition or occupation of land
- when we undertake additional services, or new and related services, conducted in connection with our functions and activities.
Our website privacy statement applies when we collect your information directly from our websites.
We will also take reasonable steps to notify you if we collect your information indirectly. Third parties often collect information on our behalf, including other government departments and agencies, our joint venture partners, law enforcement agencies, public transport and road operators, road toll operators, and contractors and consultants who perform work on our behalf.
We may also collect your information indirectly by collecting information from your representatives and agents (such as from your conveyancers or lawyers), local councils, and from information that is already in the public domain.
Purposes for which we use or disclose your information
Generally, we will only use or disclose your information for the purposes for which we collected it, where necessary for our functions and activities, or where we are required or authorised to do so by law.
We use or disclose your information in accordance with privacy and other relevant laws.
We use and disclose your information for:
- the primary purpose for which it was collected; or
- a secondary purpose related (or directly related) to the primary purpose where the relevant privacy law permits it.
We may also use and disclose your information:
- where you have consented to that use or disclosure
- to conduct research (including market research) or statistics
- to verify, analyse and quality assure information provided to us in relation to our functions and activities
- to investigate suspected unlawful activity or where reasonably necessary to assist law enforcement and protection of public revenue, and
- where it is necessary to lessen or prevent serious threats to health or safety (including pandemics), and
- where required or authorised by law.
Your information may be disclosed to third parties such as:
- transport entities, transport authorities, and public transport operators and service providers
- our joint venture partners (including R&L Services and CP Services)
- State and Federal government agencies, regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies and councils
- road and tolling authorities, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, and road safety authorities
- research institutions, universities and third-party contractors and consultants,
- third parties authorised by you to receive information held by us
- contracted service providers and professional advisers.
We may use and disclose information to government entities and agencies, for the purpose of:
- data sharing activities, for example, sharing under the Victorian Data Sharing Act 2017 and other information-sharing frameworks
- managing employment activities including, when required, to validate payroll and salary information, checks for references, proof of identity, National Police Records checks, misconduct screening, academic qualifications, legal right to work, and Working with Children checks, and
- as part of the Commonwealth’s initiative on Identity Matching Services, which permits us to share driver's licence and permit information with other States and Territories third parties authorised to receive information held by us.
For example, vehicle registration or driver's licence information may be used and disclosed to:
- identify vehicles and drivers captured on road safety enforcement cameras or number plate scans
- apply sanctions to vehicles and drivers for infringements or the non-payment of fines
- support tolling and parking enforcement
- support biometric matching through the National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution for law enforcement, national security and other purposes, and
- validate your application for government credentials, such as a digital driver's licence.
We may also disclose information with other parties or entities if authorised or required to do so by Part 7B of the Road Safety Act,(opens in a new window) the PDP Act(opens in a new window) and other relevant laws.
Our staff and the third-party individuals we share your information with will access your information where it is relevant to their role or function, organisation structure, delegation, or proxy authority.
We will take reasonable steps to protect your privacy when disclosing your information, including by anonymising your information before we disclose it.
How you can access and correct your information
We will take reasonable steps to ensure that the information we collect about you is accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
If you wish to gain access to or correct the information we collect about you, please:
- contact the Privacy and Information Access Branch, at FOI@transport.vic.gov.au, or
- submit a freedom of information request at online.foi.vic.gov.au.
We will take reasonable steps to correct and update any information that is established to be inaccurate, incomplete, or not up-to-date. If we refuse your request, we will explain our reasons in writing.
How we protect your information
We have security policies, standards and guidelines that establish and promote our security governance arrangements, and which help to manage and protect your personal information. We also take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify information that is no longer needed for any purpose, or as otherwise required by the Public Records Act third-party or other relevant law.
In the case of any proposed new use of information, we may prepare a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and an assessment under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006(opens in a new window) (Vic), to ensure that the new collection or use is consistent with the privacy rights of affected individuals.
We may transfer your information outside Victoria, including to technology service providers located overseas, but we will only do so if we can ensure that the protections of the applicable privacy laws travel with that information, or we obtain your consent to the transfer.
We will take reasonable steps to ensure that third parties and contractors do not handle any information transferred outside Victoria inconsistently with the privacy laws.
Making a privacy complaint
If you have a concern or a complaint about how we have handled your information, please contact our Privacy Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We try to resolve privacy complaints in a timely and fair manner. If we are not able to resolve your complaint, you may also make a privacy complaint to:
- the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner by filling out the privacy complaint form available on the Commissioner's website(opens in a new window), or by calling 1300 006 842.
- the Office of the Health Complaints Commissioner by filling out the online form available on the Commissioner's website(opens in a new window), or by calling 1300 582 113.
If you have a privacy concern or enquiry, you may contact us at email@example.com
Commonly used words
|contractors||third-party individuals or companies who provide goods or services to DTP.|
|handle||to collect, hold, manage, use, disclose or transfer information.|
identifying personal information about an individual that is defined in s 3 of the HR Act as 'health information'.
It includes information or an opinion about:
It also includes:
|information||means both personal information (including sensitive information) and health information, unless we say otherwise.|
|personal information||defined in s 3 of the PDP Act as 'information or an opinion (including information or an opinion forming part of a database), that is recorded in any form and whether true or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion'. It includes a broad range of information, or an opinion, that could identify an individual, such as the individual's photograph, name, address, phone number or date of birth.|
|privacy laws||the PDP Act and the HR Act.|
|security requirements||the Victorian Protective Data Security Framework, Victorian Protective Data Security Standards, and any applicable DTP policies.|
|sensitive information||is defined in Schedule 1 of the IPPs and means personal information about an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions or membership of a political association, religious beliefs or affiliations, philosophical beliefs, membership of a professional trade union or trade association, sexual preferences or practices, or criminal record.|
|us, our, or we||Department of Transport and Planning|
|website||the Department of Transport and Planning website.|