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Privacy Policy

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA Inc.) is committed to providing its users with an Internet experience that respects their personal privacy concerns. Our privacy policy and practices have been developed to comply with the Australian Privacy Act 1988, including its amendment in 2014, and the Spam Act 2003. Our policies are detailed below and we ask you to read them fully. The policy is derived from three pledges that we make to you:

  1. We pledge that TASA will maintain transparency in how we use your personal information. In accordance with TASA’s Advertising policy, TASA may forward paid advertisements via its email list as long as it deems the material to be of professional interest to TASA members. TASA will not distribute your e-mail or mailing address or personal details to third parties outside of those listed below, and does not participate in spamming.
  2. We pledge that we will provide mechanisms for you to communicate your privacy concerns to us and that we will respond to them thoroughly and thoughtfully.
  3. We pledge that TASA will provide the means for you to manage and control the information that you have provided to us. In particular, you can manage your personal details, directory entry and subscription to mailing lists via the online membership directory or via the TASA Office.

How your Personal Information is used by TASA

TASA only collects personal information about you that is relevant to the membership benefits we provide. We do not collect sensitive information. If we receive unsolicited personal information from you, we will, as soon as practicable but only if it is lawful and reasonable to do so, destroy the information or ensure that the information is de-identified.

  • Your name and contact information is included in the Member Directory if you indicate your consent. You may choose to use a pseudonym if you do not want to identify yourself to the Association.
  • If you join any Thematic Groups, your name is listed on the Thematic Group page as a current member. The TASA Executive Officer will also provide your email address to the Thematic Group Convenor(s) so they can contact you directly about Thematic Group matters.
  • If you become a Thematic Group Convenor, the email address you provide for your membership appears on the relevant Thematic Group TASAweb page, and is provided to the Executive Thematic Groups Portfolio Leader, as well as to the annual Conference convenors.
  • TASA Executive members will have limited access to your membership details to assist in strategic planning. Personal phone numbers and home addresses will remain private. The TASA Executive Officer accesses your email address for the members’ newsletter, the electronic version of Nexus, and for other emails, from time-to-time, deemed relevant to TASA members.
  • If you were a current member prior to July 31, 2015, and you opted in to receive a hard copy of Nexus, then the TASA Executive Officer will access your mailing address for posting the final hardcopy issue in November 2015. If you receive a hard copy of Journal of Sociology¸ your mailing address is provided to Sage in the United Kingdom. The Australian Privacy Principles may not apply to the management of your personal information by Sage, who are an overseas entity. You can see Sage’s Privacy Policy here. If you would like to opt out of this process, please indicate this on your membership profile under ‘General Information’. You will no longer receive a hard copy of Journal of Sociology but may still access the journal electronically as a TASA member.
  • If you elect to be in the Directory of Research & Professional Expertise, your name and email address will appear in the public section of TASAweb. Your email address will be hidden behind a button. If you join a working group or subcommittee, for example a Prize Panel, your contact information will be shared with the working group or subcommittee Chairperson.
  • If you apply for Prizes or Awards, the information you provide on the application will be shared with the Prize panel and/or the TASA Executive Committee. This information will be stored by the TASA Office electronically for three years. If you are the recipient of Prizes or Awards, your name will be listed on the TASA Webpage for that Prize or Award, in the members’ newsletter and in Nexus.

TASA collects your personal information when you provide it. The only exception is if you are nominated for a TASA Prize or Award by another TASA member. To access the information that TASA holds on you, please contact the TASA Office. To correct any information, please use the Account information page.

Protection of your Personal Information         

Our website uses SSL to ensure that the information you submit on our website is safe and secure. Data stored in the TASA Office is password protected.

Storing and destroying your Personal Information

The ‘live’ membership directory, accessible only by members, lists current members only. Lapsed members will automatically disappear from the current, live membership directory as well as the Directory of Research & Professional Expertise and the thematic group web pages.

On July 1 each year, or as close to July 1 as possible, the TASA Office will create a membership directory archive, available in the members section only, of the preceding year (July 1 – June 30)

Personal information of non-TASA members will be securely stored by the TASA Office and used to contact lapsed members, by the Executive, the Executive Officer, & the Thematic Group Conveners, about renewal for a period of no more than 2 years after membership cessation. On July 1 each year, or as close to July 1 as possible, the TASA Office will separate identifying information such as names, email addresses &  phone numbers from the rest of the membership information (country, state, gender, affiliation etc) for memberships that have lapsed for 2 years. During this process, the identifying information will be destroyed. The non-identifying information (country, state, gender, affiliation etc) will be kept by the TASA Office as historical membership information.


In no event shall TASA or any of its affiliates or content providers be liable for any damages whatsoever, including but not limited to any direct, indirect, special, consequential, punitive or incidental damages, or damages for loss of use, profits, data or other intangibles arising out of or related to the use, inability to use, unauthorised use, performance or non-performance of this Web site, even if TASA has been advised previously of the possibility of such damages and whether such damages arise in the contract, negligence, tort under statue, in equity, at law or otherwise.

All material in the Web site is true and correct at time of upload to the Internet, but is subject to change without warning. TASA will endeavour to inform users of any changes to products/services and keep this Web site up to date.


Any questions about our privacy policy or TASAweb should be addressed to:

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
Swinburne University of Technology
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH)
Department of Social Sciences
PO Box 218, Mailbag H98
Hawthorn VIC 3122
Ph: +61 3 9214 5283


Last updated: May 5, 2018.