Privacy Policy, Refunds, Rights, Complaints

Our Commitment to Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on the footer of our website.

The Information We Collect

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on St Mark’s National Theological Centre’s website. On some pages, you can order products, make requests, and register to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number
  • Credit/Debit Card Information
  • USI

When you browse our website, we also automatically receive your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015, St Mark’s National Theological Centre can be prevented from issuing you with a nationally recognised VET qualification or statement of attainment when you complete your course if you do not have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you have not yet obtained a USI you can apply for it directly online.

In order for us to verify your USI, you must authorize us to do so and declare that you have read the privacy information on the government’s website.

Email marketing (if applicable)

With your permission, we may send you emails about St Mark’s, our new products, and other updates.

 

Consent

How do you get my consent?

When you provide us with personal information to apply for a course, make an online enquiry, complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we imply that you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only.

If we ask for your personal information for a secondary reason, like marketing, we will either ask you directly for your expressed consent or provide you with an opportunity to say no.

 

How do I withdraw my consent?

If after you opt-in, you change your mind, you may withdraw your consent for us to contact you, and/or for the continued collection, use or disclosure of your information at any time, by any of the following options.

  • Emailing webmaster@stmarks.edu.au
  • Writing in to: St Mark’s National Theological Centre 15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT, 2600, Australia.

In all our online marketing emails, you may unsubscribe from receiving our electronic letters by clicking on the Unsubscribe link in the footer of the email.

 

 

How We Use Information

We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order only to complete that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so or if you violate our Terms of Service.

We use return e-mail addresses to answer the e-mail we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

You can register with our website if you would like to receive our newsletter as well as updates on our new products and services. The information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you fill out the registration form.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you with an opportunity to opt out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

 

Our Commitment to Data Security

To prevent unauthorised access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

 

Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

 

How to Access or Correct Your Information

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by emailing webmaster@stmarks.edu.au. To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information. You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error.

 

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.

If our organisation is acquired or merged with another company, your information may be transferred to the new owners so that we may continue to contact and market to you.

 

How to Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please send us an email at webmaster@stmarks.edu.au.

 

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When you become a student at St Mark’s, here is the way we will regard our obligations to you, your obligations to us, the way to ask for a refund or to pursue a complaint.

 

1. Rights, responsibilities and refunds

a) Our obligations to you:

St Mark’s RTO seeks to uphold our obligations to you. We will:

  1. accurately represent the training we provide;
  2. help you to decide if our training is appropriate to your needs, given your existing skills and competencies;
  3. make clear whether your training is ‘nationally recognised’ and toward certification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or is unaccredited;
  4. clearly inform you of what you need to pay and provide in order to complete the training, and as far as is within our power, never alter these requirements after the commencement of your course;
  5. provide you with quality training and assessment
  6. inform you if and when someone not employed by St Mark’s is training you on our behalf
  7. on attainment of competencies and after settlement of all fees, issue you with a testamur, record of achievement or statement of attainment within thirty days of course completion;
  8. provide a refund for services not provided by us if the arrangement between us is terminated early (e.g. if you withdraw before the census date of the semester of study), or if we fail to provide the service (noting that we may not provide a refund for training and assessment provided in good faith and/or unattended by you and/or where our assessor deems you not yet to be competent);
  9. cooperate with you to resolve any difficulties or complaints you have within sixty (60) days, where possible (see below); and
  10. in the unlikely event of our closure or cessation, refer you to a provider who may help you complete your training.

b) Your obligations to us:

By enrolling in your course of training, you undertake to:

  1. meet the requirements your trainer/assessor sets for successful completion of your training;
  2. quickly bring to the attention of your trainer any difficulties, challenges or hardships you are facing;
  3. pay our invoices by their due dates, or agree to a payment plan and pay us when you have undertaken to do so;
  4. meet the cost of ancillary requirements we have described at the start of the course; and
  5. notify us, should you withdraw, by emailing registrar@stmarks.edu.au, giving the date of and reasons for withdrawal.

2. Feedback and complaints

If you think we have not met or are not meeting our obligations to you, we very much want to resolve that quickly and amicably. We seek to ensure that disagreement and conflict is handled in a way that is fair, safe and respectful.

Because we’re a theological centre, a comment from Jesus seems appropriate. He is really onto something when he says that when someone ‘sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone’. If they listen to you, ‘you have regained’ that person, he says (Matt. 18:15). He means that in the normal course of events, this is the best way to return to a good relationship. While there are clear exceptions, the wisdom of this instruction is that it avoids triangulation—that natural human tendency to first drag in a third-party in as an ally to fix some other person.

We’ll go on to state how and when to involve others; but if you have a complaint about an assessment, or about anything else relating to your time with St Mark’s, please raise it first with your trainer/assessor or with the person concerned.

  1. The clearest exception concerns abuse. If your complaint relates to sexual or other harassment or abuse by anyone employed by, studying at or representing St Mark’s, or if you suspect the sexual abuse of a child in any way connected to St Mark’s, please call the Abuse Hotline of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn on 1800 070 511. (See further https://anglicancg.org.au/safe-ministries/safe-ministry-unit.) Also report the matter to the Director of St Mark’s, if you feel safe to do so.
  2. Other issues should be dealt with in the first instance through St Mark’s personnel. If your issue is a minor frustration, we welcome feedback about what we can improve. Concise, clear descriptions of the problem are the most helpful to us. Please bring them to the attention of your trainer, the Registrar, the Academic Dean or our Library Staff at any time during or after your course. We will log these in our quality management system for attention. While an immediate fix may not be possible, we do aim to act on student feedback as we are able.
  3. Any issues concerning billing, payment plans or refunds should be raised directly with the Business Manager, not with your trainer/assessor.
  4. For other complaints about your training, oral complaints will be dealt with informally and written complaints will receive a written response. It is most helpful if you can firstly describe the specific issue, incident or problem, and then relate your feelings about it. We’ll definitely respect your feelings but it can sometimes be hard to know what exactly is the problem when a person’s feelings are heightened.
  5. We will do our best to resolve complaints within sixty (60) days, and if that becomes impossible, we will let you know accordingly.If your complaint is about a trainer assessing you as not yet competent in some skill, be aware that the primary responsibility of St Mark’s trainers and assessors is to give a clear and unbiased evaluation of your competence, as based on assessment. This is their main task according to nation VET regulation. You may always ask for further feedback, and give any grounds for objecting to the trainer’s assessment. Even so, try hard to hear and engage with their reasons for judging you not yet competent, as these reasons are intended to give opportunity for growth. You may also ask your assessor, orally or in writing, to provide an alternative means by which to assess your competency if you feel that the assessment method unfairly disadvantaged you.
  6. If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of this discussion, or if you feel unsafe to take up the matter directly with the person concerned, you may discuss it with St Mark’s RTO Academic Dean. St Mark’s officers will respect your privacy and confidentially to the maximum possible extent (so e.g. not including any issue requiring mandatory reporting to a government authority).
  7. In matters related to assessment, the RTO Academic Dean’s response to your complaint will take into account (i) the requirements of the unit of competency, as reflected in the assessment tool; (ii) the evidence you have provided in response to the assessment tool; and (iii) the trainer’s feedback on the reasons for their evaluation.
  8. The RTO Academic Dean may determine (i) that the trainer’s assessment of your competency stands; (ii) invite the trainer to reassess your performance; (iii) invite another qualified assessor to examine your work, or (iv) propose to you some other path.
  9. If the matters remains unresolved, the RTO Academic Dean may refer the matter to St Mark’s Director, or you may request a discussion with him or her. The Director will make time to hear you concerns, and to propose a solution. However, if the matter is related to assessment, the Director will not reverse the judgment of an assessor or of the RTO Academic Dean.
  10. If you remain unsatisfied after discussion with the Director, he or she will offer you the opportunity for external dispute resolution offered in the first instance through Anglican Diocesan Services, the administrative arm of St Mark’s parent entity; or through an independent arbitrator.
  11. At any time, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (AQSA), the regulatory body overseeing St Mark’s RTO (#88072). For further details, go to https://www.asqa.gov.au/complaints. (ASQA imposes some conditions on the complaints it will receive.)

We want your time at St Mark’s to be enriching, and look forward to resolving any difficulties amicably and helpfully.

 

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