Collections Statement

This Collections Statement is part of Anika’s Privacy Policy. We take your privacy seriously and aim to be compliant with the relevant law. The Statement relates to personal information that we sometimes collect, the uses we make of that information, and your rights with respect to the collection of your information.

Identity of the organisation collecting the information and how to contact it

Anika is a charity operating to help people access justice and improve their lives. Our phone number and address are on this website. Anika Legal is Anika’s legal practice. It can be contacted at [email protected]

The purposes for which the information is collected

Sometimes information may be collected for marketing, promotional, advocacy in specific legal cases, and similar purposes.

The legal practice collects information for the purpose of determining eligibility for our service and, where the individual is eligible, to provide legal services. It does so under a duty of confidentiality.‍

To whom (or the types of individuals or organisations to which) the organisation usually discloses information of that kind

Marketing or promotional material may appear on blogs or social media fora. Any reference to an individual in these posts will only be made with that individual’s consent. In its legal casework, Anika corresponds with landlords, real estate agents, lawyers, courts and tribunals, and Office of Housing and other social housing workers about the particular circumstances of a client’s case. It only does so with that client’s authority and under a duty of confidentiality.

The fact that the individual is able to gain access to the information

Anyone can request access to their personal information that we have collected. We will do our best to ensure it is accurate. Your request will be attended to promptly.

Any law that requires the particular information to be collected

Proceedings at VCAT under the Residential Tenancies Act often require personal information such as your name, address, housing circumstances and more rarely, financial information in cases where you may be the applicant or respondent.

The main consequences (if any) for the individual if all or part of the information is not provided

VCAT will often not allow your application if the above personal information is not provided.

Storage of the information we collect

We hold personal information in electronic format only. For more information about how we store the information we collect, please see our Privacy Policy.

If you are a client, we will return any original documents you may have provided to us in hard copy to you when your matter has been finalised. Copies of your documents (in electronic format) will remain on your file with us and will generally be kept for 7 years after the date that your file has been closed.