- Personal information is information or an opinion about you where your identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained from the information or opinion. Common examples include your name, address or photograph.
- Health information is personal information about your physical or mental health. For example, information such as whether you wear spectacles, take any medication or have any condition that might affect your driving.
You can find a complete definition of Personal Information and Health Information in the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002. For the remainder of this Privacy Statement, a reference to ‘personal information’ includes health information unless stated otherwise.
Collection & Use
We collect your personal information because it is relevant to the goods or services you wish to obtain from us, or the business or communication you want to carry on with us.
We perform a variety of functions under NSW transport and maritime legislation and the information we collect from you will relate to the specific service, business or communication you would like to conduct with us. This may include the collection of health information such as eyesight testing. Further information on our functions is available in our Annual Report which is available online at transport.nsw.gov.au
Our most common services include:
- driver licensing;
- vehicle and vessel registration; and
- regulating and managing road and maritime transport.
We will collect your personal information for these purposes, as well as for related purposes, such as updating your records. Once this information is collected, it may be accessed and used by us when we provide you with these and future services.
We may also use it for quality assurance and statistical insights purposes.
To manage congestion and for transport planning we use a range of road-side technologies to monitor traffic flow while ensuring the data is anonymous in order to protect privacy.
We may disclose your personal information as follows:
- Accidents: to first responders and interested parties and their insurers and lawyers when your vehicle or vessel has been involved in an accident or incident.
- Safety Recalls: to vehicle manufacturers so they can contact you about vehicle safety recalls.
- Co-owners: to a joint registered operator of your vehicle or vessel.
- Verification of Information and Documents: to verify the accuracy of the personal information you provide to us. The Commonwealth has established the Document Verification System (DVS) to enable secure online real-time checking of official documents. We will validate your driver licence when requested by a participant in the DVS and we will also use the DVS to validate documents you provide to us (for example, if you provide your passport to us as proof of identity).1
- National Facial Biometric Matching Capability: the Commonwealth operates a secure facial recognition system (“the Capability”) to facilitate facial matching services for law enforcement, national security, community safety and identity verification (for example, checking that you do not have more than one Australian driver licence). We will release your driver licence photograph and associated information to the Capability for those purposes 2. If you provide us with photographic proof of your identity we may also use the Capability to verify that you are the person shown in that photograph. For more information visit idmatch.gov.au
- Purchaser: to a successor in title or proposed purchaser of any licence, lease or approval we grant in respect of any land, structure, activity or vessel (for example, if you lodge building plans with us we can provide a copy of them to the future owner or intending purchaser of the relevant land, vessel or jetty).
- Bankruptcy and Insolvency: to the Trustee in Bankruptcy, Official Receiver or Liquidator upon proper request by them.
- Unpaid Tolls: to a toll operator, where your vehicle has used a toll road, to assist with the recovery of any unpaid toll. 3 & 4
Updating Toll Accounts: advising toll service providers of vehicle transfers to prevent tolls being debited to the former owner’s account. 5
- Taxation: to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). 7
- Minister: in the course of reporting to any government Minister who has oversight over our functions.
- By Consent: to another person with your consent.
- Where Otherwise Permitted by Law: including for law enforcement purposes, or in response to a subpoena, court order, warrant or statutory demand under another law.
Providing Your Personal Information
Sometimes we have a legal right to obtain your personal information if you want to conduct business with us. This includes where you want to apply for or renew or vary a:
- Vehicle registration 8
- Driver licence 9
- Mobility parking permit 10
- Photo card 11
- Driver Authority, operator accreditation and taxi/hire car licence for buses, taxis, hire cars and other public passenger transportation 12
- Vessel registration, boat driving licence, marine pilot licence or aquatic licence 13 & 14
- Mooring licence 15
At other times there may be no legal obligation to provide your personal information, but we may ask for it to protect against fraud or it may not be practicable to assess your application or grant the relevant licence or provide the goods or services without asking you to provide it.
Personal information that we collect is either held by us or securely stored with our I.T. service providers on our behalf. Under the State Records Act 1998 we are required to retain and protect records, often for several years after a transaction has been completed.
Accessing / Updating Information
You have a legal right to access and update your own personal information.
To access or amend your personal information please use the access application and the amendment application forms available at transport.nsw.gov.au/about-us/transport-privacy or contact us using the contact details below.
Please note that historical records generally cannot be changed but we may be able to make a notation on our records of the change you have requested.
To make a privacy complaint please complete the Privacy Complaint Form available at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/about-us/transport-privacy or contact us using the contact details below.
Service NSW is a NSW Government “one stop shop” providing services to our customers on our behalf.
This Privacy Statement applies whether the services are provided directly by us or by Service NSW on our behalf.
For more information about Service NSW visit service.nsw.gov.au
Contacts & Further Information
Phone: 132 213
Transport for NSW
231 Elizabeth St Sydney, NSW 2001