EFG Advice Australia Pty Ltd [ACN# 632 199 823] (referred to as EFG Advice Australia, we, our, us) is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act), including the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) and recognises the importance of ensuring the confidentiality and security of your personal information.

To the extent that it is necessary to do so EFG Advice Australia also complies with the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as adopted by EU Member States. The AAPs and the GDPR Policy share many common requirements. Where an obligation imposed by the AAPs and the GDPR are the same, but the terminology is different, EFG Advice Australia will comply with the terminology and wording used in the AAPs, and this will constitute EFG Advice Australia’s compliance with the equivalent obligations in the GDPR.

If the GDPR imposes an obligation on EFG Advice Australia that is not imposed by the APPs, or the GDPR obligation is more onerous than the equivalent obligation in the APPs, EFG Advice Australia will comply with the GDPR (see Annexure A).

All third parties (including clients, suppliers, sub-contractors, or agents) that have access to or use personal information collected and held by EFG Advice Australia must abide by this Policy and Collection Statement. EFG Advice Australia makes this Policy and Collection Statement available free of charge and can be downloaded from its website.

In this Policy and Collection Statement:

  • Disclosure of information means providing information to persons outside of EFG Advice Australia;
  • Personal information means information or an opinion relating to an individual, which can be used to identify that individual;
  • Privacy Officer means the contact person within EFG Advice Australia for questions or complaints regarding EFG Advice Australia’s handling of personal information;
  • Sensitive information is personal information that includes information relating to a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion, trade union or other professional or trade association membership, sexual preferences and criminal record, and also includes health information; 
  • Use of information means use of information within EFG Advice Australia.


We may collect and hold a range of personal information about you to provide you with our services, including:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Occupation
  • Bank account details
  • Drivers’ licence details
  • Tax file numbers
  • Financial information, including:
    Income, expenses, assets, liabilities, superannuation, income streams,
    personal insurance and estate planning details.
  • Any other information necessary for the provision of services provided by EFG Advice Australia.


We generally collect personal information directly from you. For example, personal information will be collected through our application processes, forms and other interactions with you in the course of providing you with our products and services, including when you visit our website, use a mobile app from us, call us or send us correspondence.

We may also collect personal information about you from a third party, such as electronic verification services, referrers, marketing agencies. If so, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that you are made aware of this Policy and Collection Statement. We may also use third parties to analyse traffic at our website, which may involve the use of cookies. Information collected through such analysis is anonymous.

We will not collect sensitive information about you without your consent unless an exemption in the APPs applies. These exceptions include if the collection is required or authorised by law or necessary to take appropriate action in relation to suspected unlawful activity or serious misconduct.

If the personal information we request is not provided by you, we may not be able to provide you with the benefit of our services, or meet your needs appropriately.

We do not give you the option of dealing with them anonymously, or under a pseudonym. This is because it is impractical, and in some circumstances illegal, for EFG Advice Australia to deal with individuals who are not identified.


We may receive unsolicited personal information about you. We destroy or de-identify all unsolicited personal information we receive, unless it is relevant to our purposes for collecting personal information. We may retain additional information we receive about you if it is combined with other information we are required or entitled to collect. If we do this, we will retain the information in the same way we hold your other personal information.


The personal information we may collect and hold includes (but is not limited to) personal information about:

  • Clients
  • Potential clients
  • Service providers or suppliers
  • Prospective employees, employees and contractors
  • Other third parties with whom we come into contact


We collect personal information from our web site (www.efg.net.au) when we receive emails and online forms. Our website privacy policy can be accessed by clicking on the privacy button on our website.

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google, Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, www.google.com (“Google Analytics” or “Google”). Google Analytics employs cookies that are stored to your computer in order to facilitate an analysis of your use of the site. The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits to our site, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there.


We may use and disclose the information we collect about you for the following purposes:

  • Provide you with our services
  • Assist in providing wealth management, financial planning, personal risk services
  • Review and meet your ongoing needs
  • Provide you with information we believe may be relevant or of interest to you
  • Let you know about other products or services we offer, send you information about special offers or invite you to events
  • Consider any concerns or complaints you may have
  • Comply with relevant laws, regulations and other legal obligations
  • Help us improve the services offered to our customers and enhance our overall business

We may use and disclose your personal information (excluding credit information) for any of these purposes. We may also use and disclose your personal information for secondary purposes which are related to the primary purposes set out above, or in other circumstances authorised by the Privacy Act.

Sensitive information will be used and disclosed only for the purpose for which it was provided (or a directly related secondary purpose), unless you agree otherwise or an exemption in the Privacy Act applies.


We may disclose personal information to:

  • A related entity of EFG Advice Australia
  • An agent, contractor or service provider we engage to carry out our functions and activities, such as our external paraplanners, lawyers, accountants, debt collectors or other advisors
  • Other financial services organisations, including banks, superannuation funds,stockbrokers, custodians, fund managers and contracted service providers
  • Your representatives (including your legal adviser, accountant, mortgage broker, financial adviser, executor, administrator, guardian, trustee, or attorney)
  • Insurers, re-insurers and health care providers
  • Organisations involved in managing payments, including payment merchants and other financial institutions such as banks
  • Regulatory bodies, government agencies, law enforcement bodies and courts
  • Organisations involved in a transfer or sale of all or part of our assets or business
  • Anyone else to whom you authorise us to disclose it or is required by law

If we disclose your personal information to service providers that perform business activities for us, they may only use your personal information for the specific purpose for which we supply it. We will ensure that all contractual arrangements with third parties adequately address privacy issues and will make third parties aware of this Policy and Collection Statement.


We may disclose personal information in relation to international fund transfers (Typically a UK Pension Fund transfer) to international pension funds and international based advisory firms located outside Australia in some circumstances.

These recipients may be typically be located in the following countries:

  • United Kingdom
  • European Union

We will not send personal information to recipients outside of Australia unless:

  • We have taken reasonable steps to ensure that the recipient does not breach the Act, and the APPs Privacy Code
  • The recipient is subject to an information privacy scheme similar to the Privacy Act; or the individual has consented to the disclosure.

If you consent to your personal information being disclosed to an overseas recipient, and the recipient breaches the APPs, we will not be accountable for that breach under the Privacy Act, and you will not be able to seek redress under the Privacy Act.


We recognise the importance of securing the personal information of our customers. We will take steps to ensure your personal information is protected from misuse, interference or loss, and unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

Your personal information is generally stored in our computer database. Any paper files are stored in secure areas. In relation to information that is held on our computer database, we apply the following guidelines:

  • Passwords are required to access the system and passwords are routinely checked
  • Data ownership is clearly defined
  • We change employees’ access capabilities when they are assigned to a new position
  • Employees have restricted access to certain sections of the system
  • The system automatically logs and reviews all unauthorised access attempts
  • Unauthorised employees are barred from updating and editing personal information
  • All computers which contain personal information are secured electronically; and print reporting of data containing personal information is limited


We may only use personal information we collect from you for the purposes of direct marketing without your consent if:

  • The personal information does not include sensitive information; and you would reasonably expect us to use or disclose the information for the purpose of direct marketing; and we provide a simple way of opting out of direct marketing; and you have not requested to opt out of receiving direct marketing from us.

If we collect personal information about you from a third party, we will only use that information for the purposes of direct marketing if you have consented (or it is impracticable to obtain your consent), and we will provide a simple means by which you can easily request not to receive direct marketing communications from us. We will draw your attention to the fact you may make such a request in our direct marketing communications.

You have the right to request us not to use or disclose your personal information for the purposes of direct marketing, or for the purposes of facilitating direct marketing by other organisations. We must give effect to the request within a reasonable period of time. You may also request that we provide you with the source of their information. If such a request is made, we must notify you of the source of the information free of charge within a reasonable period of time.


We do not adopt identifiers assigned by the Government (such as driver’s licence numbers) for our own file recording purposes, unless one of the exemptions in the Privacy Act applies.


We are committed to ensuring that the personal information it collects, uses and discloses is relevant, accurate, complete and up-to-date.

We encourage you to contact us to update any personal information we hold about you. If we correct information that has previously been disclosed to another entity, we will notify the other entity within a reasonable period of the correction. Where we are satisfied information is inaccurate, we will take reasonable steps to correct the information within 30 days, unless you agree otherwise. We do not charge you for correcting the information.


Subject to the exceptions set out in the Privacy Act, you may gain access to the personal information that we hold about you by contacting the EFG Advice Australia Privacy Officer. We will provide access within 30 days of the individual’s request. If we refuse to provide the information, we will provide reasons for the refusal.

We will require identity verification and specification of what information is required. An administrative fee for search and photocopying costs may be charged for providing access.


This Policy and Collection Statement will be reviewed from time to time to take account of new laws and technology, and changes to our operations and the business environment.


It is the responsibility of management to inform employees and other relevant third parties about this Policy and Collection Statement. Management must ensure that employees and other relevant third parties are advised of any changes to this Policy and Collection Statement. All new employees are to be provided with timely and appropriate access to this Policy and Collection Statement, and all employees are provided with training in relation to appropriate handling of personal information. Employees or other relevant third parties that do not comply with this Policy and Collection Statement may be subject to disciplinary action.


Privacy breaches must be reported to management by employees and relevant third parties. Ignorance of this Policy and Collection Statement will not be an acceptable excuse for noncompliance. Employees or other relevant third parties that do not comply with this Policy and Collection Statement may be subject to disciplinary action.


We have an effective complaints handling process in place to manage privacy risks and issues.

The complaints handling process involves:

  • Identifying (and addressing) any systemic/ongoing compliance problems
  • Increasing consumer confidence in our privacy procedures; and helping to build and preserve our reputation and business

You can make a complaint to us about the treatment or handling of your personal information by lodging a complaint with the Privacy Officer.

If you have any questions about this Policy and Collection Statement, or wish to make a complaint about how we have handled your personal information, you can lodge a complaint with us by:

  • Writing – EFG Advice Australia Pty. Ltd.: PO Box 6486, EAST PERTH WA 6892
  • Emailing – efg@efg.net.au

If you are not satisfied with our response to your complaint, you can also refer your complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by:

  • Telephoning – 1300 363 992
  • Writing – Director of Complaints, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, GPO Box 5218, SYDNEY NSW 2001
  • Emailing – enquiries@oaic.gov.au


We ensure that all contractual arrangements with third parties adequately address privacy issues, and make third parties aware of this Policy and Collection Statement.

Third parties will be required to implement policies in relation to the management of your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act. These policies include:

  • Regulating the collection, use and disclosure of personal and sensitive information
  • De-identifying personal and sensitive information wherever possible
  • Ensuring that personal and sensitive information is kept securely, with access to it only by authorised employees or agents of the third parties; and ensuring that the personal and sensitive information is only disclosed to organisations which are approved by us


This Privacy Policy and Collection Statement contains information about how:

  • You may access the personal information we hold about you
  • You may seek the correction of your personal information 
  • You may ask us to provide an alternative means of identity verification for the purposes of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006
  • You may complain about a breach of the Privacy Act, including the APPs; and we will deal with a privacy complaint


The following are key terms used in the GDPR which are not used in the APPs:

Controller means the natural or legal person which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data. (This is an APP entity under the Privacy Act).

Data Subject means an identified or Identifiable Natural Person (This is an Individual under the Privacy Act).

Identifiable Natural Person means one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person (This is an individual under the Privacy Act).

Personal data means any information relating to a Data Subject (This is similar to personal information under the Privacy Act).

Processing means any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptions or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction. (There is no single concept in the Privacy Act that is equivalent; the Privacy Act uses concepts of ‘collection’, ‘use’ and ‘disclosure’).

Processor means a natural or legal person, or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller (There is no direct equivalent concept in the Privacy Act other than references to ‘third parties’ who deal with personal information on behalf of or for an APP entity).

Obligation: Australian Privacy Act requirement: EFG Advice Australia will comply with the GDPR requirement:
1 Use or disclosure of personal information / data for secondary purpose EFG Advice Australia may use personal information for a secondary purpose if the individual has consented, it is within their reasonable expectations, or another exception applies. EFG Advice Australia will only process personal data where the data subject has consented to one or more of the specific purposes of the processing, or another listed scenario applies. For example, where the processing is necessary to perform a contract or comply with a legal obligation.
2 Collection of solicited personal information / data EFG Advice Australia will only collect personal information where it is reasonably necessary or when it is directly related to EFG Advice Australia’s functions or activities, and by lawful and fair means. Sensitive information will only be collected with consent, or where a listed exemption applies. EFG Advice Australia will only collect personal data for the specified explicit and legitimate purposes described and all personal data will be processed lawfully and fairly.
3 Notification of collection of personal information / data EFG Advice Australia’s Privacy Collection Notice is drafted in APP requirements.

EFG Advice Australia’s provides the following additional information to EU citizens:

  • Where EFG Advice Australia is collecting information only for EFG Advice Australia’s own legitimate interests, those interests are providing financial advice related services (e.g. UK Pension’s).
  • EFG Advice Australia will store personal data for at least 7 years as required by ASIC.
4 Direct marketing EFG Advice Australia will comply with section 12 of the Privacy Policy. EFG Advice Australia may only use or disclose personal information for direct marketing purposes if certain conditions are met. In particular, direct marketing messages must include a clear and simple way to opt out of receiving future messages, and must not be sent to individuals who have already opted out. Sensitive information about an individual may only be used for direct marketing with the consent of the individual. EFG Advice Australia will ensure that individuals have the right to object at any time to the use of their personal data for direct marketing purposes.
5 Dealing with unsolicited personal information EFG Advice Australia will comply with section 4 of the Privacy Policy. EFG Advice Australia will destroy or deidentify all unsolicited personal information. EFG Advice Australia will not collect personal data without a specified, explicit purpose.
6 Cross border disclosure of personal information

In accordance with section 9, before EFG Advice Australia discloses personal information to an overseas recipient, it must take reasonable steps to ensure that the recipient does not breach the APPs in relation to that information.

Personal information may only be disclosed where the recipient is subject to a regulatory regime that is substantially similar to the APPs, where the individual has consented, or another listed exception applies.

EFG Advice Australia will only transfer personal data outside of EU jurisdiction where the recipient jurisdiction has been assessed as “adequate” in terms of data protection, where sufficient safeguards (such as a binding contract or corporate rules) have been put in place, or a listed exception applies.
7 Correction of personal information In accordance with section 10, EFG Advice Australia takes reasonable steps to correct personal information they hold about an individual, on request by the individual. EFG Advice Australia ensures that data subjects can insist on the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning, without delay.
8 Consent EFG Advice Australia ensures that when obtaining consent from an individual, the following elements are complied with:
the individual is adequately informed before giving consent the individual gives consent voluntarily the consent is current and specific; and
the individual has the capacity to understand and communicate consent.
EFG Advice Australia ensures that when obtaining consent from an individual, the consent must be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to the individual.
9 Complaints In accordance with section 18, individuals may lodge a complaint about EFG Advice. Australia’s handling of their personal information with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

EFG Advice Australia advises individuals that:

  • they can make a complaint to the supervisory authority in the Member State of the individual’s habitual residence, place of work or place where the breach arose. Supervisory authority can impose an administrative fine
  • they have the right to seek judicial remedy in the Member State of the data subject’s habitual residence, the place of work or place where the breach arose, even if EFG Advice Australia has no presence in a Member State; and
  • they have the right to seek compensation for damage suffered as a result of a breach
10 Right to restriction of processing Nil

EFG Advice Australia will ensure that the individual has the right to obtain from EFG Advice Australia restriction of processing (where a specified ground applies). Restriction of processing means the ability to have stored personal information marked with the aim of limiting its processing in the future. The specified grounds for the restriction of processing are:

(a) where the accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject, it can be restricted for a period to enable us to verify the accuracy of the personal data;
(b) the processing is unlawful and the data subject opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests restriction instead;
(c) we no longer need the personal data for the purpose of processing, but the personal data is required by the data subject for legal purposes;
(d) the data subject has objected to the processing pending the verification of whether our legitimate interests override those of the data subject.

Where processing has been restricted, with the exception of storage, EFG Advice Australia will only be process the personal data with the data subject’s consent, or for the purposes of:

  • legal proceedings;
  • to protect the rights of another natural or legal person; or for
  • reasons of public interest of the Union or a Member State.
11 Right to be forgotten EFG Advice Australia will destroy or deidentify personal information that they no longer require for a lawful business purpose (section 4).

The individual is entitled to request that EFG Advice Australia will erase an individual’s personal information without delay, and EFG Advice Australia will act in accordance with this request without delay, where a specified ground applies. The specified grounds are:

  • the personal data is no longer necessary for the purpose which it was collected;
  • the data subject withdraws consent to the processing of the data and there is no other legal ground;
  • the data subject objects to the processing of the data and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing;
  • the personal data was unlawfully processed;
  • the personal data has to be erased to comply with a legal obligation in the Union or Member State to which EFG Advice Australia is subject; or
  • the personal data has been collected in relation to the offer of information society services.
12 Data profiling Nil

EFG Advice Australia will obtain the individual’s specific consent to data profiling.
“Profiling” means any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects concerning that natural person’s performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or movements.

Profiling includes the use of website analytics – which are automated data collection methods used to determine a person’s preferences on the website and also often used to determine location of website visitors.

EFG Advice Australia will ensure that where required, it will obtain the individual’s specific consent to data profiling, by ensuring that a website pop-up prompts the individual to provide their consent when, undertaking profiling through EFG Advice Australia’s website.

13 Monitoring behaviour Nil

EFG Advice Australia will obtain the individual’s consent to monitoring an individual’s behaviour in so far as it takes place in the EU.

Monitoring includes the use of cookies, which are files embedded onto the data subject’s computer, meaning that the ‘monitoring and tracking’ occurs wherever the data subject’s computer is based.

Monitoring includes the following activities conducted by EFG Advice Australia:

  • tracking the behaviour and browsing history of individuals on the internet;
  • using the tracking processes to profile the individual, to enable EFG Advice Australia to make decisions concerning the individual, or to enable EFG Advice Australia to analyse or predict their personal preferences, behaviours and attitudes.

EFG Advice Australia will obtain the individual’s consent to using cookies as a monitoring tool, by ensuring that the individual consents to the use of cookies (via a cookie popup message), before EFG Advice Australia undertakes any monitoring activities

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