At Opera Australia, our customers are very important to us, and we are committed to dealing with your personal details securely and sensitively.
This policy outlines what personal information we may collect from you and how we handle it.
We may collect personal information from you when you:
- buy tickets or merchandise from us;
- enter our competitions or participate in our promotions;
- make a donation to us;
- subscribe to our promotional program;
- interact or communicate with our staff; or
- attend an event,
(together, the Interactions) or otherwise as notified to you from time to time. There may also be occasions when we collect information about you from a third party, for example where they purchase tickets on your behalf.
You may deal with us anonymously or using a pseudonym for certain interactions. However if you purchase tickets or merchandise from us we require that you provide us with accurate details required for the purchase. If you do not provide us with your personal information, we may not be able to provide you with the tickets or merchandise.
If you engage in any Interactions with us, we will collect the personal information you provide to us during the course of those Interactions. For example, when you buy tickets or merchandise, this may include your name, billing and mailing addresses, telephone number, credit card details, special request information, and other personal identifying information.
If you browse our website without signing in or completing a form, you will remain anonymous. However, we may collect information about your use of our website, including by using third party services such as Google Analytics, to help us to improve the site for all of our customers. This information is kept anonymous and will not personally identify you.
Most browsers are set by default to accept cookies. However, if you do not wish to receive any cookies you may set your browser to either prompt you whether you wish to accept cookies on a particular site, or by default reject cookies. Please note that rejecting cookies may mean that some or all of the functions on our website will not be available to you. In particular, cookies must be enabled to access and use any part of our website for placing orders.
We use your personal information for the purpose for which it was collected, for related purposes which we consider come within your reasonable expectations, or as permitted or required by law.
Ultimately, the personal information you supply helps us provide you with superior customer service. In particular, the personal information that we collect is generally used to communicate with you regarding the tickets and merchandise you may purchase. Personal information may also be used for the following purposes:
- to respond to your questions or suggestions;
- to improve the quality of our products or services; or
- as notified to you at the time the information is collected.
If you partially complete a form on our website without proceeding with a transaction, we may use the information provided to follow up with you, and confirm whether you wish to complete the transaction.
Our promotional program
Our promotional program is entirely optional, and is operated on an opt-in basis. Purchasing a ticket or merchandise, making a donation, or contacting us with a general query, will not subscribe you to our promotional program. You will only be subscribed to our promotional program where you have specifically opted-in to do so. When you participate in our promotional program, we may use your contact details and other information to promote Opera Australia and its activities. The range of promotional activities that we conduct may change over time, but may include:
- contacting you from time to time to provide information about performances, subscriptions, special offers, behind-the-scenes information, competitions, discounts, news, views and interviews (including for other artistic companies that we act as a ticketing or marketing agent for);
- providing you with targeted advertising regarding Opera Australia or other artistic companies that we act as a ticketing or marketing agent for, that we believe may be of interest, including through online and social media campaigns; and
- using your personal information to better understand the characteristics of Opera Australia’s audiences, including working with third parties such as social media platforms to do so.
Our promotional program will only be used to promote our activities or those of other artistic companies that we act as a ticketing or marketing agent for, unless you have provided a separate and additional permission to receive information in relation to specific venues we use and co-promotions we participate in.
If you have opted-in to our promotional program, you may choose to opt-out at any time. You may do so using the contact details set out below, or following the unsubscribe instructions on any promotional communications you have received.
When you Interact with us, the personal information you provide will normally be entered into our database. Our database is a customer relationship management system and is shared by us and other Australian arts organisations (Organisations) for the purpose of ticketing and customer relationship management. Because the database is shared, the Organisations are able to view your name and contact details (address, email, and phone numbers). This is so that we can process your current and future transactions as effectively as possible, and also helps ensure the speed and efficiency of any of your dealings with the Organisations.
The current Organisations are the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare Company, Opera Australia, Pinchgut Opera, and Sydney Opera House.
The Organisations are not permitted to use the information they can access in the database for their own marketing purposes (unless you have a separate relationship with the Organisation, that permits them to do so). Other information you provide to us, that is not mentioned above, is not accessible by the Organisations.
We sell tickets for performances at various venues, including the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne (Venues). When you purchase a ticket for an event at a Venue through us, your personal information may be given to the relevant Venue for research and operational purposes.
Contractors and service providers
We may disclose your personal information to Venues and third party contractors and service providers to enable them to assist us with operating our business (e.g. service providers that send out our mail/email to customers and agencies who conduct marketing activities on our behalf). Some of these third parties are located overseas.
We may also disclose your personal information if this is required or permitted by law.
We will not otherwise trade, sell or rent personal information to or with third parties.
You may unsubscribe from our promotional program by logging into the My Account section of our website and editing your preferences, by clicking the unsubscribe links included in our email messages, or by contacting our Privacy Officer (whose details are set out below). If you unsubscribe from our promotional program, you will still receive transactional emails (e.g. your confirmation and receipt associated with a ticket purchase or donation).
If you wish to opt-out of our online analytics services, you can use the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.
We take reasonable steps to protect all the personal information we receive. Information collected is stored in an appropriately secure format retained in accordance with our records management policy. Only authorised personnel are permitted to access your personal information, and work under security controls and procedures.
Our payment system transmits your credit card details directly to our server via industry standard SSL encryption. This means that your data is only visible to our authorised order processing personnel. Your data is encrypted so any unauthorised third party intercepting your data will not be able to make sense of it.
If an error appears when purchasing tickets or products from our website, your internet connection may not support SSL encryption. Please contact us at: +61 2 9318 8200 / firstname.lastname@example.org
You may have the right to access and correct your personal information and privacy preferences.
If you have an online account, you can check and update your details by logging into the My Account section of this website.
Alternatively, if you would like to update or delete your personal details, please contact our Privacy Officer (whose details are set out below).
If you have any queries or concerns about the way we have handled your personal information you should write to us as soon as possible and we will review the matter and respond to you as soon as possible. Address your correspondence to our Privacy Officer, at:
PO Box 291
Telephone: +61 2 9318 8200
If you are dissatisfied with our response, you have the right to make a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by phoning 1300 363 992 or by email at email@example.com.