Privacy Policy

SMEC is committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to our website, and the protection of any personal information provided to us. When you visit our website, you do so anonymously unless you voluntarily provide your personal information to us. We may use cookies or other means to collect statistics on visitors to our website (generally including country of location, pages visited etc.) in order to gauge the effectiveness of our website from both a global and local market perspective.

About SMEC’s Privacy Policy

SMEC’s Privacy Policy outlines how SMEC manages personal information.

What personal information does SMEC collect?

SMEC may collect and hold personal information about:

  • individuals from clients and potential clients
  • individuals from government, regulatory bodies and utilities whose functions are relevant to SMEC's work
  • personnel from existing or potential suppliers, including sub-consultants and joint venture partners
  • employees, prospective employees and contractors
  • people whose information SMEC collects in the course of working for SMEC's clients
  • other people SMEC personnel come into contact with

The types of personal information we collect and hold includes: names, addresses, contact details and job titles. It may include an individual's employment history, academic record and other personal information contained in the documentation supporting an employment application. The information may include other information which assists SMEC in providing its services, marketing its services and administering its business. It may also include sensitive information such as an individual's membership of a professional association.

How does SMEC collect personal information?

SMEC may collect your personal information directly from you (or your authorised recruitment agency representative) through SMEC's E-Hire System, or indirectly through emails, telephone conversations, business cards, your response to promotional activities we conduct (such as conferences, seminars and surveys), or through employment references from another person. It is your responsibility to obtain consent from references before providing their personal information to SMEC.

How does SMEC hold personal information?

SMEC takes reasonable steps to keep personal information it holds secure, and prevent unauthorised access or disclosure. These steps include physical security and restrictions on access to electronic records. SMEC's employees are prohibited from using or disclosing personal information for purposes unrelated to the purpose for which it was collected.

SMEC restricts access to personal information collected on its website to only those SMEC employees who need access to that information in order to perform and discharge their duties. SMEC may share personal information with third parties. The type of third parties that we may disclose personal information to include service providers who assist us in providing and maintaining our website and who provide recruitment services to us.

Why does SMEC collect, hold, use and disclose personal information?

SMEC may collect, hold, use or disclose personal information for the following purposes:

  • to meet its staffing and recruitment needs
  • to provide its services
  • to market and promote its services
  • to procure goods and services
  • to manage and administer its business

SMEC only uses and discloses personal information about you for the purpose for which it was disclosed to (or collected by) us, or for a related purpose which would be reasonably expected without your permission. We may, for example, notify you (from time to time) of employment opportunities that are closely aligned to your qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience as you have disclosed to us in an online job application form. If you accept employment with SMEC, the information collected will become part of your employment record and will be used for employment purposes.

Cross-border disclosure

The SMEC Group of companies is an international group of companies. We may disclose your personal information to personnel within SMEC Group companies in the countries in which SMEC operates. When you (or your authorised recruitment agency representative) volunteer personal information on our website, you consent to us sharing your personal information within the SMEC Group for the purpose which it was disclosed to us, or for a related purpose which would be reasonably expected without your permission.

How can you access and correct your personal information?

Subject to certain limitations, you are able to access all of your personal information held by us. In certain circumstances, however, we may refuse access to your personal information. This includes instances where

  • Providing access would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others;
  • The request is frivolous or vexatious
  • Information relates to legal proceedings or negotiations
  • We are not permitted to disclose by law
  • We are permitted or authorised to deny access by law

You may seek the correction of personal information about you that is held by us.

To arrange for access or to seek correction of your personal information, to make a complaint about the way we have handled your personal information, to ask questions or to provide feedback on our Privacy Policy, you can contact SMEC’s General Manager Human Resources at HR(at) or write to us at:

SMEC's General Manager Human Resources
PO Box 6208, St Kilda Road Central
VIC 8008, Australia

We may charge a reasonable fee to cover our costs in supplying your personal information to you.

How you can make a complaint relating to privacy

If you wish to make a complaint about any privacy-related issues, including about a breach by SMEC of any applicable privacy regulations, please contact SMEC's General Manager Human Resources using the contact details provided above. Your complaint will be investigated and we will respond to the complaint as soon as is practicable.

Acceptance and changes to SMEC’s Privacy Policy

You acknowledge and accept that your use of the SMEC website indicates your acceptance of the SMEC website Privacy Policy. This is the current Privacy Policy. It replaces any other Privacy Policy published on the SMEC website to date. SMEC may, at any time, make amendments to the Privacy Policy by publishing the new Privacy Policy on the SMEC website. You accept that by doing this, SMEC has provided you with sufficient notice of the amendments. It is your responsibility to check the Privacy Policy each time you visit the SMEC website.

"SMEC" or "SMEC Group" means SMEC Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries.