Privacy Policy

Blue Lotus College respects each individual's right to privacy and is committed to the proper use of personal information. This Privacy Statement describes the types of personal information we collect and how we utilize it.

Personal information is classified into the following categories:

  • Personal information:  Data or information on an identifiable or easily identifiable individual that has been recorded.
  • Sensitive information:  Details about an individual's race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or other sensitive data.
  • Health information:  Data pertaining to an individual's physical, mental, or psychological well-being.

What we collect

Blue Lotus College gathers your personal information only in a legitimate, fair, and non-intrusive manner. We gather personal, sensitive, and health information as necessary for the performance of its main responsibilities, which include educational, research, community, and commercial endeavours. We may acquire personal information from the following sources:

  • Students, both prospective and existing
  • Staff, including job seekers and contractors
  • Alumni and contributors
  • Participants in the study
  • Industry collaborators
  • Workers, contractors, and volunteers from other organizations
  • Members of the public with whom we engage.

The information we gather is determined by the manner in which you engage with us and the reason for which you interact. In restricted circumstances and for a specific reason, Blue Lotus College may collect sensitive information, including health information. Additionally, Blue Lotus College utilizes particular collection statements in conjunction with your interaction with us, including the Staff Privacy Statement and the Student Privacy Statement.

Where applicable, examples of the typical parties to whom Blue Lotus College discloses personal and health information and the purposes for which such information is disclosed are included in more detailed privacy collection statements, which are provided to you at the time your personal information is collected or as soon as practicable thereafter.

Generally, your personal information is obtained directly from you. In some instances, we may obtain information from a third party, such as a government agency, contractor, or other educational or research organization. If we obtain personal information about you from someone other than you, it will be destroyed or de-identified if it is no longer necessary, or you will get notification of its acquisition, use, and your rights as a data subject.

Wherever possible, you may maintain your anonymity when communicating with Blue Lotus College. However, anonymity may impair your ability to use some Blue Lotus College services and systems. Blue Lotus College will notify you if this has an effect on your interaction with us.

How we utilize the information we collect about you

Blue Lotus College utilizes personal and sensitive information to carry out our primary duties and to adhere to our educational and research-related commitments. We use your information for the primary reason it was obtained, a relevant secondary purpose that you could reasonably expect (excluding for sensitive information), as required by law, or with your permission or cooperation.

In some jurisdictions, the law requires us to inform you of the legal basis on which we use or share your personal information. These legal grounds may include, but are not limited to, compliance with our contractual obligations to you, a legitimate interest, compliance with the law, or performance of a public job. When we use your personal information, we will always take your rights into account.

We may use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • Admissions, enrollment, content delivery and learning activities, assessment, graduation, services (e.g. library, wellness, support), handling of disputes, investigations, audits, data analysis and improvement, general administration and inquiry management.
  • Research and support services, including data collection, management, and commercialization.
  • Engagement with the community and industry includes website management, response to inquiries and requests, marketing, customer service, mailing lists and newsletters, event invites, and alumni and donor connections.
  • Employment and employee support activities include recruiting (including reference checks), payroll, health and safety, and learning and development for staff and other Human Resources programs, as well as contractors and volunteers.
  • Financial management, processing fees, information technology security and management, data analysis, legal and professional services, analyzing and enhancing our courses, educational opportunities, company, and services.
  • Infrastructure and facilities: access and management systems, closed-circuit television, identity management, security, and emergency response, including measures to mitigate or avoid safety hazards.
  • Conducting business amongst Blue Lotus College in order to provide and improve our services.
  • For a secondary reason or when the law requires it, such as providing information to government departments or agencies.

Third Parties

We may share your personal information with third parties as necessary for the above-mentioned reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Financial institutions that process payments;
  • Regulatory, investigative, law enforcement, or public sector organizations;
  • Referees whose names and contact information are supplied to us by job candidates;
  • Other educational institutions and educational partners, including educational agencies, some of which are located overseas;
  • Our contracted service providers or partners, which may include international and domestic agents, information technology service providers (such as Adobe, Google, and Microsoft), venues and event organizers, marketing and communication agencies, research and statistical analysis providers and professional advisers (such as recruiters, auditors, and account managers)
  • According to the requirements or authorizations of the law
  • These recipient organizations and contractual service providers are obligated to maintain the confidentiality of personal information and to provide the same level of privacy protection as we do. Due to the fact that some of these recipients may be situated outside of Victoria or Australia, your personal information may be transmitted interstate or internationally (trans-border)
  • When we transmit personal information outside of Victoria or Australia, we take reasonable efforts to verify the recipient complies with our Privacy Statement, our Policies, and applicable privacy and health information standards in Victoria.

How we keep and secure your data

Blue Lotus College protects your personal information from usage, loss, unauthorised access, and disclosure.

The Public Records Act 1973 (Vic) specifies whether information should be maintained or destroyed. When your personal information is no longer required for our purposes, it is securely destroyed or de-identified.

In hardcopy documents, electronic data, or Blue Lotus College software and systems, personal information may be saved in hardcopy, electronic, or cloud storage. Security measures for access to Blue Lotus College systems and networks; controlling access to Blue Lotus College premises; and Website protection measures are some of the ways Blue Lotus College protects personal information.

Blue Lotus College takes reasonable precautions to secure your personal information while sharing it with contracted service providers or other parties.

Your Information Rights

Blue Lotus College takes reasonable measures to keep personal data accurate, full, and current. Blue Lotus College relies on you to supply us with correct and up-to-date information.

You have specific rights to access personal information we keep on you (including in portable form) and to rectify, update, modify, or delete it. You can also withdraw your consent or ask us to limit how we use your data.

You may request access to and correction of your personal information. You may view and/or rectify your personal information by contacting Blue Lotus College directly.

The Freedom of Information Act (Vic) allows a person to seek a correction of information that is incorrect, incomplete, or out of date. You may learn more about Blue Lotus College's FOI procedure at https://www.bluelotus.edu.au.

In some cases, you can:

  • Rectify any inaccurate or incomplete personal data kept about you (right to rectification)
  • Delete your personal data if specific conditions are satisfied (right to erasure)
  • Obtain a copy of your data in a frequently used electronic form, or request that we share your personal information with anybody acting on your behalf (such as agents, guardians, employers, government authorities) (right to portability).

Contact us to exercise your rights. The foregoing rights and alternatives are subject to legal limits and exceptions. You also have the right to file a complaint. We invite you to contact us first, and we will try our best to help.

Website Cookies

Blue Lotus College may keep track of your online activities for statistics and system management purposes, including but not limited to:

  • IP address
  • Domain name
  • Visit date and time
  • Pages visited and files downloaded
  • Your last visited site's address
  • Browser used

Blue Lotus College uses web analytics and cookies to better analyze website usage. We also enable third parties like Google to gather information via cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies. This helps us better understand our audiences (such as visitor demographics and interests) and provide more relevant and personalized information when you browse our and other websites.

About Cookies

Blue Lotus College collects cookies to improve your browsing experience and for the security of our websites.

A cookie is a tiny text file that your web browser sends to your device. The data stored might be re-sent to our systems on subsequent visits. To optimize future visits to our websites, a cookie file is saved in your web browser. Cookies do not save email passwords or bank account numbers. Cookies can't affect your PC. Blue Lotus College uses these cookies:

Required Cookies

There are certain cookies that are fundamental for the proper functioning of our websites which are called required cookies.

Functional Cookies

These are cookies that enable BLC to track and analyze your activities within our websites so as to improve the site, its performance, and user experience. Data such as which pages a user has visited more often, time spent, error messages received by the user. However, these cookies do not store any user-identifiable information and are analyzed in a way so as the user cannot be specifically identified.

Advertising Cookies

Advertising cookies allow us to display ads to you that are more relevant to your interests. However, you have the option to either allow or reject these cookies. If you reject these cookies, you’ll still be able to access major functions of our websites but the ads shown to you will be less relevant to your interests.

All customised cookies, including marketing cookies, are banned for EU visitors. You may modify your browser's cookie settings, including disabling cookies, under the privacy settings. This may prevent you from accessing some Blue Lotus College or third-party websites.

Blue Lotus College cannot be held responsible for the safety and privacy of any information you submit to third-party websites if you leave a Blue Lotus College website. As a result, we always advise you to be cautious and read the privacy policy of each website you visit.

Privacy Complaints

If you believe Blue Lotus College has broken our privacy duties or this Privacy Statement, email us (see section 7). Please include as much detail as possible when contacting us.

Blue Lotus College takes privacy issues seriously and strives to handle them promptly, fairly, and transparently.

If you are dissatisfied with our response, you may complain to the Victorian Information Commissioner, the Health Complaints Commissioner, or in some cases, the applicable supervisory authority in another state.

Contact Us

Concerns concerning this Privacy Statement or Blue Lotus College's acquisition, use, or disclosure of your personal information should be sent to info@bluelotus.edu.au

Privacy Statement Changes

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Statement at any time, especially if our working practices or regulations change. So please check back periodically to see if anything has changed. This Privacy Statement was last updated on August 13, 2021.