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PRIVACY STATEMENT

During the course of assessing your eligibility for migration to Australia or representing you in any aspect of your case, we will need to ask you for quite a lot of personal information about yourself and your family. You should never give out that sort of information unless you are sure that it will be used only for the purpose for which it is given and will be protected by adequate levels of security and confidentiality. You will also want to have some form of recourse if your information is misused or abused.

Because we are a law firm operating under the laws of the State of New South Wales and the Commonwealth of Australia, you can be assured that your personal information will be protected on two levels: firstly, any misuse of it by the firm would be a breach of the professional conduct rules applying to legal practitioners in this State as well as a breach of the Commonwealth Privacy Act, both of which could lead to financial and professional sanctions being imposed on the firm; and secondly, the principle of "legal professional privilege" gives clients of a law firm a right to presume that any communications entered into for the purpose of seeking or obtaining legal advice will be legally protected, even where the law might impose requirements on non-lawyers (including "registered migration agents" who are not lawyers) to reveal similar information.

In addition to the normal protections applicable to a law firm in New South Wales, we have also voluntarily "opted-in" to be treated as an organisation subject to the Privacy Act 1988 covering the whole of Australia. This means we are legally bound to apply the National Privacy Principles contained in that Act to all information collected by us.

In all of your dealings with Michael Jones, Solicitor, you can be assured that your private information and that of your family will be treated with the strictest confidence and privilege in accordance with law. Should you have any queries or complaints in this regard you should direct them in the first instance to:
The Office of the Legal Services Commissioner of New South Wales or
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Australia

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