Cool Australia values and respects individuals’ rights to privacy. Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time.

We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of privacy policy changes).

Your continued use of this site following any changes to this policy will mean you accept those changes.

While we are a small not-for-profit business that is not bound by the Privacy Act as such, we use our best efforts to comply with the Australian Federal Privacy Act – as a good corporate citizen and a reputation organisation.

Information we collect

We collect information to provide better services to all of our users – from figuring out basic stuff like which language you speak, to more complex things like which resources or courses would suit you most.

We collect information in several ways:

Information you give us. For example, to access our resources we require you to sign up for a Cool Australia Account. When you do, we’ll ask for personal information, like your name, email address and school/organisation name.

Information we get from your use of websites. We collect information about your use of our websites and how you use them.

This information includes:

We collect device-specific information

When you use our services or view content provided by us, we automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This includes:

When you use our website, we may collect and process information about your location.

We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage.

We and our partners use various technologies to collect and store information when you visit a Cool Australia website, and this may include sending one or more cookies or anonymous identifiers to your device.

Cool Australia also uses web analytics services, which currently include Google Analytics and Crazy Egg Analysis Service.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies and similar technologies to analyze how users use the Domains. The information generated about Domain usage (including your shortened IP address) is transmitted to Google in the U.S. This information is used to evaluate visitors’ use of the Domain, compile statistical reports on Domain activity, and provide other services related to the Site and Internet use. Google may also collect information about Domain visitors’ use of other websites. For more information about Google Analytics, or to opt out of Google Analytics, please click here.

Crazy Egg’s Analysis Service is a web analytics service that gives us data about where users are clicking on our site. You can visit their privacy policy here and their opt-out feature here.

We have engaged Inspectlet to analyse the activities of visitors to this website, and Inspectlet’s authorised use of cookies and other tracking technologies enable it to have access to Personal Information of visitors to this website. Such access to and use of personal information by Inspectlet is governed by Inspectlet’s Privacy Policy. You may opt out of analysis by Inspectlet by clicking here.

How we use information we collect

We use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect Cool Australia and our users. We also use this information to offer you tailored content – for example giving you more relevant content and teaching resources.

We use the information collected to register you for Enviroweek and the Cool Australia website (which will occur automatically on your registering for Enviroweek); and

We will also use this information for processing a donation, completing a merchandise order, running a competition, campaign or survey, notifying and promoting winners and their entries, awarding prizes, collecting feedback, locating a volunteer opportunity and/or to provide you with Cool Australia correspondence that you request

We may use the name you provide for your Enviroweek/Cool Australia account across all of the services we offer that require a Cool Australia account.

We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.

We may also use information provided to us to respond to your inquiries and fulfil your requests, such as to send you newsletters and administrative information.

We may also communicate with you to provide related customer services and to send you marketing communications that we believe may be of interest to you.

We use information collected from cookies and other technologies to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services. We will not associate a cookie or anonymous identifier with sensitive categories, such as those based on race, religion, sexual orientation or health.

We may combine personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other Cool Australia websites.

We will ask for your consent before using information for a purpose other than those that are set out in this Privacy Policy.

Cool Australia processes personal information on our servers in many countries around the world. We may process your personal information on a server located outside the country where you live.

Transparency and choice

People have different privacy concerns. Our goal is to be clear about what information we collect, so that you can make meaningful choices about how it is used.

You may also set your browser to block all cookies, including cookies associated with our services, or to indicate when a cookie is being set by us. However, it’s important to remember that many of our services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.

To learn more our analytics software, please click here.

Accessing and updating your personal information

You have a right to access your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for business or legal purposes. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request.

We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort (for example, developing a new system or fundamentally changing an existing practice), risk the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup systems).

Information we share

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Cool Australia unless one of the following circumstances applies:

With your consent

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Cool Australia when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.

For external processing

We provide personal information to trusted businesses or persons to process and analyse it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

For legal reasons

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Cool Australia if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.

If Cool Australia is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, we will continue to ensure the confidentiality of any personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Information security

We work hard to protect Cool Australia and our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information we hold. In particular:

When this Privacy Policy applies

Our Privacy Policy applies to all of the services offered by Cool Australia Limited and its affiliates, including Enviroweek, and services offered on other sites but excludes services that have separate privacy policies that do not incorporate this Privacy Policy.

Our Privacy Policy does not apply to services offered by other companies or individuals, including products or sites linked to from our sites, sites that may include Cool Australia resource services, or other sites linked from our services.

Information for under 18s

If you are under 18, be sure to obtain your parent’s or guardian’s permission before you send any information about yourself (your name, address, e-mail address, etc.) to us or anyone else over the Internet. We encourage parents to get involved with their children’s usage of the Internet, and to be aware of the activities in which they are participating.

Privacy related complaints

If you have any concern or complaint regarding our handling of your personal information, please similarly contact us using the contact details below, and we will contact you within 5 business days to discuss your complaint with you and attempt to resolve it.  If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome, we will escalate your concern or complaint to our CEO within a further 5 Business Days for resolution, failing which you may exercise any rights you may have under the Privacy Act.  We will act reasonably with respect to any reasonable concern or complaint you may have.

How can I change my details?

If you are a subscriber to Cool Australia you can update your contact information or other personal information at any time by:

Calling us on – 1300 853 810

Emailing us at – [email protected]

Posting to us- Cool Australia, PO BOX 1062, Windsor, 3181