ABN 65 765 884 687

Essendon Bowls Club Inc.

50 Raleigh St, Essendon VIC 3040

Tel: (03) 9375 2522


Essendon Bowls Club is committed to respecting the right to privacy and the protection of personal information of our members and other persons who engage with Essendon Bowls Club.

When personal information is provided to Essendon Bowls Club, the person consents to its use, storage, and disclosure in accordance with this policy.

What personal and sensitive information does Essendon Bowls Club collect?

Personal Information

Personal information is information or an opinion (including information or an opinion forming part of a database) from which it is possible to determine someone’s identity.

The information collected by Essendon Bowls Club about a person will vary depending on the circumstances of collection. It may include, but is not limited to, a person’s contact details, e.g., name, email and/or postal address, phone numbers, date of birth, gender, or communication history with Essendon Bowls Club.

Sensitive Information

Essendon Bowls Club will not collect sensitive information that is provided to it for use in accordance with this policy unless specific consent has first been obtained from you.

Essendon Bowls Club is required by law to obtain your consent before collecting sensitive information.

Sensitive information is the type of personal information that also includes information or an opinion about someone’s:

  • racial or ethnic origin.

  • political opinions.

  • membership of a political association, professional or trade association or trade union.

  • religious beliefs or affiliations or philosophical beliefs.

  • sexual preferences or practices.

  • criminal record; or

  • health, genetic information, or disability.

If it is reasonably necessary in the circumstances, Essendon Bowls Club, may also collect sensitive information such as a person’s medical history, nationality, their ethnic background, or disabilities.

How does Essendon Bowls Club collect personal and sensitive information?

Information may be collected when you:

  • become a member of Essendon Bowls Club Inc.

  • subscribe to any publication of Essendon Bowls Club including electronic publications.

  • provide details to Essendon Bowls Club in an application, consent form, survey, feedback form or incident report.

  • provide details to Essendon Bowls Club in an application to become a Coach, Umpire or when you complete an accreditation such as Responsible Service of Alcohol.

  • enter personal information into, or agree to having your personal information entered into, one of Essendon Bowls Club ’s online systems.

  • access the Essendon Bowls Club’s website.

  • contact Essendon Bowls Club via email, telephone, fax, or mail or engage with Essendon Bowls Club via social media.

  • participate in any program, activity, competition, or event run by Essendon Bowls Club or the Northern Gateway Bowls Region or Bowls Victoria.

  • purchase tickets to bowls or a sporting event from Essendon Bowls Club, or an authorised agent.

  • purchase tickets to social event such as an awards night from Essendon Bowls Club or an authorised agent.

  • purchase merchandise, products or services from Essendon Bowls Club or an authorised agent or licensee.

  • are elected or appointed to the Committee including a sub-committee of Essendon Bowls Club; or

  • apply for employment or undertake a volunteer position with Essendon Bowls Club

Or in other circumstances where Essendon Bowls Club is required to do so by law (for education, child protection, work health and safety laws, charitable collections, medical treatment, or other legislation in Australia).

Providing information

Depending on the circumstances, some types of information will be required, and others might be optional. If you do not provide some or all the information requested, this may affect Essendon Bowls Club’s ability to communicate with you or provide the requested products or services.

By not providing requested information, you may jeopardise your ability to participate in programs or competitions or apply for employment or volunteer positions with Essendon Bowls Club. If it is impracticable for Essendon Bowls Club to deal with you because of you not providing the requested information or consent, Essendon Bowls Club may refuse to do so.

Collection from third parties

Essendon Bowls Club may collect personal information regarding a child from the parent or other responsible person associated with that child. In many circumstances, Essendon Bowls Club collects information from other third parties.

Examples of such third parties could include, but is not limited to, the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, non-affiliated bowls organisations or government and law enforcement bodies.

Information storage and protection

Essendon Bowls Club stores information in different ways, including in paper and electronic form. Much of the information we collect from and about our members is added to Essendon Bowls Club’s membership database. When your information is entered into Essendon Bowls Club’s membership database, the information may be combined or linked with other information held about you. Essendon Bowls Club’s membership database is shared among Bowls Australia and Bowls Victoria, with each organisation having access to information about Essendon Bowls Club members.

Security of personal information

Essendon Bowls Club has taken steps to protect the information we hold from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification, or disclosure. Some of the security measures Essendon Bowls Club uses include strict confidentiality requirements of our employees or volunteers and service providers, security measures for system access and security measures for our website.

We seek to protect your personal information from any unauthorised loss, disclosure, or access. However, if a serious data breach occurs, we must notify you as required under the Privacy Act regarding the circumstances of the breach and must also advise the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

How does Essendon Bowls Club use and disclose personal and sensitive information?


Essendon Bowls Club and third parties to whom we may disclose personal information in accordance with this policy, may use your personal information to:

  • verify your identity.

  • complete background checks.

  • research, develop, run, administer, and market competitions, programs, activities, and other events relating to bowls.

  • research or develop and market products, services, merchandise, and special offers made available by us and third parties.

  • respond to emergency situations involving or requiring medical treatment.

  • undertake administrative functions, such as billing.

  • administer, manage and provide you with access to;

  • administer and manage our membership database; and

  • keep you informed of news and information relating to various bowls events, activities, and opportunities via various mediums.

​Essendon Bowls Club may use health information to ensure that programs we operate are run safely and in accordance with any special health needs participants may require. Health information may also be kept for insurance purposes. In addition, we may use de-identified health information and other sensitive information to carry out research, to prepare submissions to government, or to plan events and activities.


Essendon Bowls Club may disclose your personal information to a range of organisations which include, but are not limited to:

  • Bowls Victoria, the Northern Gateway Bowls Region, and other organisations involved in bowls programs in Victoria.

  • companies we engage to carry out functions and activities on Essendon Bowls Club’s behalf, including direct marketing.

  • our professional advisers, including our accountants, auditors, and lawyers.

  • our insurers.

  • relevant sporting bodies such as Bowls Australia, Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, Australian Institute of Sport, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, various National Sporting bodies, Federal and State Departments of Sport amongst others; and

  • in other circumstances permitted by law.​

In some circumstances, personal information may also be disclosed outside of Australia – for example personal information is disclosed to World Bowls which is in Scotland. In such circumstances, Essendon Bowls Club will use its best endeavours to ensure such parties are subject to a law, binding scheme or contract which effectively upholds principles for fair handling of the information that are suitably like the Australian Privacy Principles.

Direct marketing

We will assume consent to use non-sensitive personal information to provide better services and for marketing purposes (including disclosure of such information to service providers).

Every person whose data is collected by Essendon Bowls Club has the option to refuse e-mail, SMS or posted offers by making a request in writing to Essendon Bowls Club’s Privacy Officer via the contact details set out below or by making use of the opt-out procedures included in any communications from us (however, information relating to the option to unsubscribe from those communications may be retained).

Other disclosures

In addition, Essendon Bowls Club may also disclose personal information:

  • with your express or implied consent.

  • when required or authorised by law.

  • to an enforcement body when reasonably necessary; or

  • to lessen or prevent a threat to an individual or public health or safety.

Essendon Bowls Club’s website

When users visit the Essendon Bowls Club’s website, our systems may record certain information about their use of the site, including the web pages visited and the time and date of their visit. Essendon Bowls Club uses this information to help analyse and improve the performance of the Essendon Bowls Club’s website.

In addition, we may use “cookies” on the Essendon Bowls Club’s website. Cookies are small text files that help a website to remember the preferences of users to improve the experience of using that website. In some cases, the cookies that we use may collect some personal information. Essendon Bowls Club will treat this information in the same way as other personal information we collect. You are free to disable cookies on your internet browser to prevent this information being collected; however, you will lose the benefit of the enhanced website experience that the use of cookies may offer.

Websites linked to the Essendon Bowls Club’s website are not subject to Essendon Bowls Club’s privacy standards, policies, or procedures. Essendon Bowls Club cannot take any responsibility for the collection, use, disclosure, or security of any personal information that you provide to a third-party website.

Accessing and seeking correction of information held by Essendon Bowls Club

Essendon Bowls Club will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information it collects, uses, or discloses is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, we rely on the accuracy of personal information as provided to us both directly and indirectly.

We encourage all users to regularly review and update their personal information. If you would like to access personal information that we hold about you, we require you to put your request in writing. If we do not allow you access to any part of the personal information we hold about you, we will tell you why.

Individuals may also request access to their personal information held by us by making a request via the contact details set out below. We will respond to your request for access within 14 days and refer your request to your club or bowls organisation to provide the requested information. Your club or bowls organisation will endeavour to provide the requested information within 60 days. If you do not receive the requested information, you should notify the Essendon Bowls Club’s Privacy Officer. If you find that the personal information we hold about you is inaccurate, incomplete, or out-of-date, please contact us immediately and we will arrange for it to be corrected.

Resolving privacy issues and complaints


Any issues in relation to the collection, use, disclosure, quality, security of and access to your personal information may be made in writing to:

Privacy Officer

Essendon Bowls Club

50 Raleigh Street

Essendon 3040

Or by email to the Secretary at

To maintain the confidentiality of your personal information, we may ask you to visit the Essendon Bowls Club’s office and to bring your specific identification before we give you access. If it is not possible for you to visit our office, we will arrange to check your identification before we mail the information to you.


Any complaints in relation to the collection, use, disclosure, quality, security of and access to your personal information may be made in writing to:

Privacy Officer

Essendon Bowls Club

50 Raleigh Street

Essendon 3040

Or by email to the Secretary at

We will respond to your complaint within 60 days and try to resolve it within 90 days.

If we are unable to resolve your complaint within this time, or you are unhappy with the outcome, you can contact the Office of Australian Information Commissioner via its enquiries line 1300 363 992 or website to lodge a complaint.

Further information

For further information on Essendon Bowls Club’s management of personal information, please contact Essendon Bowls Club.

Essendon Bowls Club may amend this policy from time to time and at times other than the nominated review date.