Terms of use and privacy

Privacy Policy

The Chinese Catholic Community (CCC) is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals who provide personal information to it, including those who provide personal information to it via its websites (Sites).

CCC is committed to complying with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and all applicable principles governing the handling of personal information. This Privacy Policy is designed to tell you about CCC’ practices in relation to the collection, use, disclosure and storage of personal information.

What is personal information?

Personal information is any information about you that identifies you or from which your identity reasonably can be determined.

What types of personal information does CCC collect?

CCC collects and holds personal information that includes (but is not limited to):

  • your name, address, telephone number, facsimile number, email address and other contact details;
  • date of birth, gender, marital status and occupation;
  • financial information, such as donation history and credit card details, for instance, when you provide such details on a collection envelope at your Parish;
  • identification documents, including drivers license, passport or proof of age card;
  • photographs, videos and news stories in respect of Catholic Church related events and activities;
  • in respect of Mount Schoenstatt Spiritually Centre Retreat Centre, information about individual’s dietary requirements, special needs and disabled access requirements.

Why does CCC collect personal information?

CCC collects and holds personal information for various reasons (which we generally notify to you at the time of collection), including the following primary purposes:

  • to place your contact details on mailing lists and in computer databases in order to provide you with information about Catholic Church related activities, functions, issues and initiatives;
  • to enable you to participate in offers, competitions or promotions;
  • to receive offerings and donations from you;
  • to enable CCC to provide services in respect of our Mount Schoenstatt Spiritually Centre Retreat Centre, including accommodation and catering; and
  • in relation to the Catholic Development Fund – Archdiocese of Sydney (CDF):
    •  to verify signatories on deposits and loan accounts;
    • to provide clergy with accounts and loan facilities; and
    • to provide transactional services, including charge cards.

How does CCC collect personal information?

CCC’ usual practice is to collect personal information directly from you either via its Sites or by some other method (such as by post or email). For example, some areas of its Sites may require you to submit information to enable you to benefit from the special features (such as newsletters and brochures) or to participate in a particular activity (such as an offer, competition or promotion).

In addition to collecting personal information from you, sometimes CCC collects personal information from a third party if it is unreasonable or impracticable to collect the information from you directly.

Does CCC collect information via passive information collection?

Your Consent

In most cases, CCC requires you to consent specifically to any collection, use or disclosure of your personal information by CCC. Your consent may be explicit, such as in writing or verbally, or may be implied by conduct.

By using the Sites, you agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy. Whenever you submit personal information to CCC, you consent to: (i) the collection, use, disclosure and storage of that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy; (ii) your personal information being used to improve the Sites; and (iii) the receipt of emails or other communications about CCC and our activities (including information about marketing, promotional, and research purposes), along with communications about Catholic Church-related activities, functions, issues and initiatives from time-to-time.

In addition, if you provide personal information to CCC via its Sites, you agree that we may combine such information with other actively collected information unless we specify otherwise at the point of collection. We will take reasonable measures to prevent personal information from being combined with passively collected information, unless you consent otherwise.

How will CCC use the personal information you provide?

In general terms, CCC uses and discloses the personal information you provide for the specific purpose or purposes for which you have given consent and for secondary purposes for which you reasonably expect CCC to use or disclose your personal information.

For instance, if you have consented to receiving information about Catholic Church-related activities, functions, issues and initiatives, CCC will send you email updates or newsletters regarding such Catholic Church matters.

Please be aware that you are free to “unsubscribe” to any publication that you receive from CCC at any time.

Does CCC disclose personal information to anyone?

CCC may disclose your personal information in a number of circumstances, for instance:(i) where you have consented to us doing so (by way of example, in providing us with your contact details, you may have consented to CCC providing those details to another group, such as the Australian Bishops Conference); or (ii) where required or authorised by law (for instance, in response to a subpoena or other court order); (iii) to consultants, advisers or other third parties (in Australia or overseas) where that party has been contracted to provide administrative or other services to CCC (and on the basis that that third party agrees to abide by this Privacy Policy); or (iv) in respect of the CDF, to providers of transactional and related services.

Management and security of personal information

CCC takes all reasonable precautions to safeguard your personal information from loss, misuse, interference, unauthorised access, modification or unlawful disclosure.

However, you should keep in mind that the transmission of information over the internet is not completely secure or error-free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from the Sites may not be secure, and you should therefore take special care in deciding what information you send to us via e-mail.

Notifiable data breaches scheme

In the event of any loss, or unauthorised access or disclosure of your personal information that is likely to result in serious harm to you, CCC will investigate and notify the Australian Information Commissioner and you as soon as practicable, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

Cross-border disclosure

Personal information will not be disclosed by CCC to recipients outside Australia unless we reasonably believe that:

  • the information will remain subject to principles for fair handling of the information which are substantially similar to Australian privacy principles;
  • there are mechanisms that you can access to take action to enforce such principles; and
  • the information will not be collected, held, used or disclosed by the recipients of the information in a manner inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.

Where CCC does disclose personal information to recipients outside Australia, the recipients are likely to be located in countries including Italy, Canada, United States of America, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China.

Access to personal information

You may request access to personal information that CCC holds about you or you can ask us to correct, amend or delete any personal information being held by CCC about you (see CCC’ contact details below).

CCC will take reasonable steps to update or correct, as soon as possible, any information in our possession that you have previously submitted that is inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date, irrelevant or misleading.


If you have a privacy complaint, please contact the CCC Privacy Officer at:
Email: contact@ccc-inc.org.au
Telephone: (61) 0490 026 379
Post: PO Box 295 Epping
NSW 1710

Your complaint will be reviewed and investigated internally and we will endeavour to resolve your issue efficiently.

If you are still not satisfied, we will let you know about the external dispute resolution avenues available to you.

Links to other websites

This Site may contain links or references to other websites. Please be aware that CCC does not control other websites and that this Privacy Policy does not apply to those websites. CCC encourages you to read the privacy policy of every website you visit.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or you wish to lodge a request to access your personal information, please contact the CCC Privacy Officer at:
Email: contact@ccc-inc.org.au
Telephone: (61) 0490 026 379
Post: PO Box 295 Epping
NSW 1710

Changes to this Privacy Policy

If this Privacy Policy changes, the revised policy will be posted on this Site. Please check back periodically, and especially before you provide any personal information. Your continued use of this Site following any amendments to it will confirm your acceptance of such amendments.

Applicable law

We do not represent that the content of the Sites or this Privacy Policy complies with the laws (including intellectual property) of any country outside Australia. If you access the Sites from outside Australia, you do so at your own risk and responsibility. You are responsible for making sure that you comply with all applicable laws in the place where you are located.

This policy was last updated on 21/05/2023 and may be reviewed from time to time.

CCC Collection Notice

The Chinese Catholic Community (CCC) is collecting your personal information (including your name, contact details (such as phone number and address), demographic information (such as age and occupation), financial information (such as credit card details) and photographs, videos and stories) so that we can:

  • contact you;
  • enable you to participate in offers or promotions;
  • provide you with services and information; and
  • receive offerings and donations from you.

We will also use the contact details you have provided us to send you marketing information and materials related to our activities, functions and initiatives, including, where you have opted in, via email or other digital communications.

CCC generally collects personal information directly from you via our website, or when you otherwise contact and correspond with us (eg over the phone, via email or in person). Where it is not practicable to collect personal information from you, we may also collect personal information from publicly available sources of information, and, where you have provided your consent, from third parties.

If you do not provide us with the personal information we have requested, we may not be able to provide you with services or accept donations from you, to the extent that they require us to collect, use or disclose personal information.

CCC may disclose your personal information to our related entities, contractors providing services to us and to other third party service providers (such as mailing houses) we use in conducting our business.

We may also disclose your personal information where we are required or authorised by Australian law to do so (including the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth).

Further information about how we handle your personal information, including details about how you can access your information and how you can complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles (as well as how CCC will deal with any complaint) can be found in our Privacy Policy available at http://www.ccc-inc.org.au/policies.html

You can contact us by using the following details: (61) 0490 026 379, contact@ccc-inc.org.au, PO Box 295 Epping, NSW 1710.

Copyright & Conditions of use

The material provided on this website is copyright protected: © Chinese Catholic Community.

You may use this material for your own personal reference only. Except for the temporary copy held in the computer’s cache and a single permanent copy for your personal reference, the material may not otherwise be used, copied, reproduced, published, stored in a retrieval system, altered or transmitted in any form or by any means in whole or part (except where such use constitutes fair dealing under the Copyright Act) without the prior written approval of the media office of the Chinese Catholic Community.

You may not use any part of the material on the Chinese Catholic Community website to establish, maintain or provide, or assist in establishing, maintaining or providing your own publications, Internet site or other means of distribution.

Conditions of Use

This agreement together with any additional terms, conditions, notices and disclaimers contained elsewhere on the Chinese Catholic Community website form the conditions of supply of material on, use of and access to Chinese Catholic Community. Your continued use of the Chinese Catholic Community website constitutes an affirmative, acknowledgment and agreement by you that you accept and agree to abide and be bound by these conditions and any modifications.

Should you object to any of these conditions or any subsequent modifications your only recourse is to immediately discontinue your use of the Chinese Catholic Community website.

Accuracy of information and disclaimer

All material on the Chinese Catholic Community website is provided in good faith. It is derived from sources believed to be accurate and current as at the date of publication. Your use of the Chinese Catholic Community website is at your sole risk. Access to the Chinese Catholic Community website is provided on an ‘as available’ basis. Neither the Chinese Catholic Community or its related bodies corporate nor its or their directors or employees (the Chinese Catholic Community Parties) make any representation or warranty that (i) any material on the Chinese Catholic Community website will be reliable, accurate or complete (nor do they accept any responsibility arising in any way for errors in, or omissions from that material); or (ii) your access to the website will be uninterrupted, timely or secure. The Chinese Catholic Community Parties will not be liable for loss resulting from any action or decision by you in reliance on the information on the Chinese Catholic Community website, nor any interruption, delay in operation or transmission, virus, communications failure, Internet access difficulties, or malfunction in equipment or software. Any warranties which may be implied by law statute or otherwise in relation to the material on this website or any other goods or services provided are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

In no event will the Chinese Catholic Community of Sydney be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage (including loss of revenue, business, opportunity or reputation), or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data, information (including confidential information) or funds arising out of or in connection with the use of this website. We are not liable for any errors, omissions or defects in the material on the Chinese Catholic Community website or in the website and reserve the right to amend the website at any time without notice.

Through this website you may be able to link to other websites which are not under the control of the Chinese Catholic Community. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

General information only – non advisory

The material on the Chinese Catholic Community website provides general information only. It is not intended as advice and must not be relied upon as such. You should make your own inquiries and take independent advice tailored to your specific circumstances prior to making any decisions.

Your conduct

As a condition of your use of the Chinese Catholic Community website, you warrant to the Chinese Catholic Community that you will not use the website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms & conditions. You agree to abide by all applicable laws and regulations.

In particular, you agree not to:

  • use the Chinese Catholic Community website to defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise offend others;
  • publish, distribute, e-mail, transmit or disseminate any material which is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, indecent, offensive or inappropriate;
  • use any automated scripting tools or software;
  • engage in or promote any surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, unsolicited e-mailing or spamming via the Chinese Catholic Community website;
  • impersonate any person or entity;
  • upload, post, e-mail, transmit or otherwise make available any material that you do not have a right to make available under any law or contractual obligation or which contains viruses, or other computer codes, files or programs designed to interrupt, limit or destroy the functionality of other computer software or hardware;
  • breach any applicable laws or regulations.

The Chinese Catholic Community website has no obligation to monitor any user’s use of the Chinese Catholic Community website, however the Chinese Catholic Community website retains the right at all times to monitor, retain and disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.

You will indemnify the Chinese Catholic Community website if the Chinese Catholic Community website or its related bodies corporate suffer any loss or damage or incur any costs in connection with any breach of these conditions or any other legal obligation by you or your use of or conduct on the Chinese Catholic Community website.