Publication of submissions
The information collected from you will be used for the purposes of analysing the results of the questionnaire and informing the National Review’s Report which will be published. It is likely that the National Review will draw upon the contents of submissions or quote from them or refer to them in its Report. Your personal information will not be provided to anyone else. The National Review will treat all responses to Part A and B as confidential and will not publish any complete questionnaires on the National Review website. Consistent with a commitment to openness, the National Review prefers to publish responses to Part C. Those responses will be de-identified unless you indicate otherwise.
In the absence of a clear indication that responses to Part C are intended to be confidential, the National Review will treat these responses as non-confidential and they will be published on the National Review website.
To protect other people’s privacy, when referring to other individuals please use a pseudonym (for example AB). Please also use a pseudonym for other organisations/businesses, as in some cases identifying details could lead to legal liability. Submissions that identify individuals or organisations, other than the person and organisation responding to the questionnaire, may not be published or may be published with those identifying details removed.
People wishing to make a confidential submission should make this clear at the time of lodgement. Where confidentiality is sought, the National Review will not publish those submissions.
Further, if you wish to make part of your submission public and part confidential then please put in two separate submissions.
Considerations regarding self-incrimination, defamation and privacy obligations
All individuals wishing to provide information to the Review Team are reminded that the Commission is not a court of law. The Commission will not investigate individual grievances raised in submissions, unless those complaints are made through the Commission’s complaint handling process. Also note that the submission or information you provide is not legally privileged and is subject to the ordinary rules of self-incrimination and of defamation as well as the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).
Individuals should also consider any obligations they may have to third parties, including any current or former employer, principal, partner or client. This could include privacy, confidentiality, good faith or fiduciary obligations. If you are considering making a submission or providing information to the research project, or publishing your written submission, you are entitled to seek independent legal advice. If you are in doubt about your legal position, you should seek that advice.