1. What we do
The AEAS Assessment provides comprehensive testing specifically for primary and secondary school students, from non-English language backgrounds, wishing to study in Australian and international schools in other countries.
Testing is available in over 25 countries worldwide (including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam) as well as in Australia. For a full test centre list visit the AEAS website. Tests are regularly arranged by demand in locations not listed on the website. A comprehensive Report is provided as a result of the testing.
AEAS also owns and operates the Australian Schools Information System. This web site provides a space for international students and education agents to view and research Australian schools, and also provides a portal for students to apply to the schools on the System, and schools to manage the enrolment communication and procedure.
2. The kinds of information we collect
2.1 We collect the following personal information – student name, gender, date of birth, email, phone number, address, passport or ID number and information, photo, parent names, Australian Residency Status, visa type, current school and year level, school reports, English Language Centre Reports and other documents, details of education agent if relevant, names of schools applying for if relevant.
2.2 The following information is also collected verbally – preferred school subjects, long term goals, interest and activities, relatives and friends in Australia.
2.3 Sensitive information that is collected includes stating a religion (optional) and outlining any special health considerations.
2.4 Information collected as part of the application procedure between schools and students and/or education agents.
3. How we collect the information
All of the information listed in 2.1 above is collected when the registration process is undertaken for testing, and when students or agents upload material within the Australian Schools Information System. The information in 2.2 and 2.3 above is collected verbally at the time of the speaking test within a test session. In 2.4, both schools and students/agents will upload appropriate documentation related to the application procedure.
4. How we hold the information
AEAS will take reasonable steps to ensure that the information it handles is protected from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification and disclosure. All information collected as part of the application procedure within the Australian Schools Information System will not be viewed or handled by any third party within AEAS or its IT department, unless specifically instructed by the owner of that material.
Apart from where you have consented or disclosure is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was submitted, personal information may be disclosed in special situations where we have reason to believe that doing so is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against anyone damaging, injuring, or interfering (intentionally or unintentionally) with our rights or property, users, or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities. Also, we may disclose personal information when we believe in good faith that the law requires disclosure.
We may engage third parties to provide you with goods or services on our behalf. In that circumstance, we may disclose your personal information to those third parties in order to meet your request for goods or services.
6. Purposes that the information is used for
We collect your personal information to allow us to:
- ensure proof of identity – e.g. copies of the passport or national identity card, proof of citizenship or photograph of the student when they arrive to sit the AEAS Test
- inform the Report that is written as a result of the AEAS Test and provided to the family of the student
- provide a copy of the AEAS Report and student school report to Australian schools and a copy of the AEAS Report to education agents that families have nominated. This means that, at times, personal information will be disclosed to overseas entities at the family’s request
- manage our internal business operations
- respond to questions both leading up to and after testing if necessary
Within the Information System, personal information is collected to ensure the successful application process between students, agents and schools.
7. Disposing of and destroying information
AEAS will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify personal or sensitive information if it is no longer legally required to be held.
We strive to ensure the security, integrity and privacy of personal information submitted to our sites, and we review and update our security measures in light of current technologies. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be totally secure.
However, we will endeavour to take all reasonable steps to protect the personal information you may transmit to us or from our online products and services. Once we do receive your transmission, we will also make our best efforts to ensure its security on our systems.
In addition, our employees and the contractors who provide services related to our information systems are obliged to respect the confidentiality of any personal information held by us. However, we will not be held responsible for events arising from unauthorised access to your personal information.
9. Links to other sites
We provide links to websites outside of our websites, as well as to third party websites. These linked sites are not under our control, and we cannot accept responsibility for the conduct of companies linked to our website. Before disclosing your personal information on any other website, we advise you to examine the terms and conditions of using that website and its privacy statement.
11. Accessing and correcting information
AEAS will provide individuals with access to information it holds about them, subject to legal requirements. Requests for access to information will be considered in accordance with the applicable legislation. If an individual establishes and notifies AEAS that their information is inaccurate, incomplete or not up to date, AEAS will take reasonable steps to correct the information or to record that the individual disagrees with the information on file.
12. Complaint and Appeals Process
AEAS values the privacy of all individuals and is committed to handling their personal information in a lawful and responsible manner. AEAS is committed to ensuring that it is compliant with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the (Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth)), the Health Privacy Principles (HPPs) in the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic), and to the related legal obligations by which it is bound.
13. Further Privacy Information
For more information about privacy issues in Australia and protecting your privacy, visit the Australian Federal Privacy Commissioner’s web site. http://www.oaic.gov.au/