Privacy Policy  

The Export Council of Australia takes your privacy seriously. This page sets out information about our Privacy Policy

The Export Council of Australia (ECA)

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) is the peak industry body for the Australian export community.  The next exciting step in the evolution of the Australian Institute of Export (AIEx), the Export Council of Australia (represents the interests of Australian exporters at all levels.  Whether it is advancing the export cause in the halls of Government, or providing education and events of the highest calibre, the Export Council of Australia is the voice for Australia’s exporters.

Through engagement with members and consultation with its Advisory Councils, the Export Council of Australia will endeavour to:

• Lead trade policy research
• Develop international trade skills
• Break down barriers to trade
• Build global networks
• Assist Australian companies to amplify global trade success

Our Privacy Policy applies:

• from 21 December 2001, when we became subject to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) ("the Act"). The Act sets out standards that most private sector organisations must meet in collecting, using, disclosing and handling personal information.
• to any personal information (as defined in the Act) that you provide to us and any personal information we collect about individuals from other sources. It does not apply to our employee records, which are not subject to the Act.

Security of information transmitted via our website

Information supplied to the Export Council of Australia via our website is held secure in our in-house database and only used as set out in this Privacy Policy. However, you need to be aware that communications via the internet are not entirely secure and information you send to Export Council of Australia is not necessarily secure during transmission.  If you are concerned about sending us information over the Internet then download the relevant form and fax or post it to us.

Security of your personal information

We endeavour to protect any personal information we hold from misuse and loss and to protect it from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure.

We impose confidentiality obligations on third parties that handle personal information.

Accuracy and access

We take reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is accurate, complete and up-to-date whenever we collect or use it.

We will, on request, provide you with access to personal information we hold about you (including so that you can request correction of that information) subject to exceptions permitted by law. For example, we will not provide access to personal information if we have a duty of confidentiality in relation to that information.

If we do not provide you with access to personal information or refuse to make any changes to the information that you request, we will inform you of our reasons for doing so and of any exceptions we have relied upon. We will also, on request, record the fact that you have made a request for access to personal information and the reasons for our refusal to provide access to it.

Your request for us to provide access to and/or correct personal information will be dealt with within a reasonable time and we may recover from you the reasonable cost of retrieving and supplying the information to you.

Opting out of receiving marketing information

If we send you information about products or services that you do not wish to receive, you can inform us that you wish to opt out by contacting us.

Sustainability and Ethical Practice Statement 

The Export Council of Australia strongly believes in the value of sustainability and ethical business practice.
We take an approach, which we refer to as ‘principled trade’.

The notion of principled trade is driven by a recognition that the action of businesses, including those engaged in international trade, can have a significant impact on people (such as their workers, those in the supply chain, customers and broader community), and more broadly on the planet.
A core value of principled trade is the understanding that doing the right thing will not reduce, but rather can increase profitability.

We believe climate change is real, and that humanity faces major environmental challenges including loss of biodiversity and pollution.
We acknowledge that globalisation has not benefitted everyone, with groups being disadvantaged or not getting an equitable share of the benefits from trade.
We must therefore take necessary action.

As part of principled trade, we believe there are better ways of doing business that can be less harmful to the environment and can make trade more inclusive.
We hold the view that for all of us involved in international trade, we can and must:

  • behave and act ethically, including honesty in financial transactions and respect for others;
  • produce and source inputs that have minimal negative impact on the environment;
  • develop and use new approaches and technologies that mitigate climate change and address other environmental challenges;
  • improve our workplace, encourage those in the supply chain to do the same, and take action to reduce ‘modern slavery’ practices; and
engage with the disadvantaged in our communities and globally (including women and Indigenous people) in a way that respectfully recognises their challenges and support their efforts for empowerment.

When formulating policies and developing programs, we endeavour to reflect and/or advance these beliefs.
Where appropriate, we share information, educate and encourage our members and stakeholders to adopt these good practices.

We pursue principled trade because it is the right moral thing to do, and because it is a smart way of doing business.
There is evidence that strongly suggests sustainable and ethical conduct can help business improve performance, manage and minimise risks, and attract investors and customers.

In our efforts, we benchmark or adhere to relevant Government legislation.
While we are not classified as a ‘relevant employer’ under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, we follow its guidance including in terms of gender composition in the workplace and flexible working arrangements.

We take fraud seriously and therefore take measures to deter fraud.
All ECA staff and partners recognise their responsibility in preventing and detecting fraud.
We comply with the Black Economy policy.

In partnership with relevant bodies we are building the capacity of Indigenous businesses to engage in international trade, and to build supportive ecosystems around them.
We are taking meaningful action to help advance Indigenous interests through relevant international forums.

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