Privacy Policy


Hudson Institute of Medical Research (ABN 48 132 025024) (“Hudson”), affiliated with Monash University, is subject to privacy legislation at both Commonwealth and State level, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Victoria). We value your privacy and are committed to protecting the personal information we collect and retain from you. The RNAte platform is established as part of the Technology Platforms and Capabilities under Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

This document outlines how personal information is recorded via the Hudson/RNAte website, including e-newsletters signed up via the website.


What is your personal information?

When used in this privacy policy, the term “personal information” has the meaning given to it in the Privacy Act 1988.  In general terms, it is any information that can be used to personally identify you.  This may include your name, address, telephone number, email address and profession or occupation.  If the information we collect personally identifies you, or you are reasonably identifiable from it, the information will be considered personal information.

What personal information do we collect and hold?

We may collect the following types of personal information:

  • your name
  • your contact information, such as your email address, telephone number or postal address;
  • details you provide to establish and manage your account to use and receive the Hudson/RNAte;
  • any additional information relating to you that you provide to us directly through our websites or indirectly through use of our websites, social media or online presence, through our representatives or otherwise.

How do we collect your personal information?

We collect your personal information directly from you unless it is unreasonable or impracticable to do so. When collecting personal information from you, we may collect in ways including:

  • through your access and use of our websites; and
  • during interactions between you and our staff.

We may also collect personal information from third parties including from law enforcement agencies and other government entities.

What happens if we can’t collect your personal information?

If you do not provide us with the personal information described above, then we may not be able to provide you with certain information, products and services, either to the same standard or at all.

Information automatically logged

We may also collect some information that is not personal information because it does not identify you or anyone else. Our website: is hosted in association with Monash University. When you visit our website, the University and domain host may make a record of your visit and log any of the following information for statistical and business purposes: the user’s address if provided, the user’s domain name, IP address, the date and time of the visit, the pages accessed and documents downloaded, keywords you search, the previous site visited and the type of browser used. Identification of the user may also be requested and logged. These statistics are gathered so we can improve our website for future visitors.

Security of information

We have security measures in place against the loss, misuse and alteration of information. A login name and password are required to visit secure areas.  We may hold your information in either electronic or hard copy form.  Personal information is destroyed or de-identified when no longer needed. This will be reviewed under client relationship management every 3 years.

We take all reasonable steps to ensure the security of the personal information we hold from un-authorised access, modification or disclosure. We maintain physical security over our paper and electronic data stores and premises, such as locks and security systems.

Your personal information may be stored in hardcopy documents, as electronic data, or in Hudson/RNAte software or systems. We maintain computer and network security; for example, we use firewalls (security measures for the Internet) and other security systems such as user identifiers and passwords to control access to our computer system.

If you send us an e-mail and sign up to our newsletter, your e-mail address (together with any other information you provide) will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it, except where you give consent. Hudson/RNAte aims to provide a secure online environment and while reasonable steps are taken to protect the personal information you provide and we hold, from misuse, loss, un-authorised access or disclosure, there are risks associated with the transmission of information via the internet.

However, since our websites are linked to the internet, and the internet is inherently insecure, we cannot provide any assurance regarding the security of transmission of information you communicate to us online. We also cannot guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted over the internet. Accordingly, any personal information or other information which you transmit to us online is transmitted at your own risk.


Cookies and similar technologies are used on our website The use of cookies help us improve the website experience for our visitors. It is possible to disable the acceptance of cookies by your web browser, however, doing so may restrict your ability to access some web pages.

Cookies may also be used for authentication purposes and to improve security during a visitor’s session online. Cookies may store the following information: session (numbered key) and duration. A numbered key is a unique server-generated number used to track your current session. The session key can be linked back to a user’s login identification.

Unique identifiers (such as login name and password) are collected from web site visitors to verify a user’s identity and for use as account numbers in our record system. Unique identifiers are also used to access stored information about a visitor’s preferences to enable the dynamic display of the site according to your preferences when you return.

If you do not wish to receive cookies, you can set your browser so that your computer does not accept them.  Please note that some services or features of our website will not function so well if cookies are disabled.


Our websites may contain links to other websites operated by third parties.  We make no representations or warranties in relation to the privacy practices of any third party websites and we are not responsible for the privacy policies or the content of any third party website.  Third party websites are responsible for informing you about their own privacy practices.

Use and disclosure of personal information

For what purposes do we collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information?

The personal information you supply online will be used by staff in conducting the activitis of the RNAte platform.  Such uses may include matters related to donations, administration, provision of services, marketing and the dissemination of information.

We may also use your IP address to help diagnose problems with a server and to administer our web site. Your IP address is sometimes used to set up individual sessions to provide secure logins.

In particular, we collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information for the following purposes:

  • to send communications requested by you;
  • to answer enquiries and provide information or advice about our products or services;
  • to assess the performance of our websites and to improve the operation of the websites;
  • to conduct business processing functions (for example processing donations) including providing personal information to our related bodies corporate, contractors, service providers or other third parties;
  • for the administrative, marketing (including direct marketing), planning, product or service development, quality control and research purposes;
  • to provide your updated personal information to our related bodies corporate, contractors or service providers;
  • to update our records and keep your contact details up to date;
  • to process and respond to any complaint made by you; and
  • to comply with any law, rule, regulation, lawful and binding determination, decision or direction of a regulator, or in co-operation with any governmental authority of any country.

Your personal information will not be shared, sold, rented or disclosed other than as described in this Privacy Policy.  We will not directly disclose your personal details to a third party except in accordance with relevant privacy laws.

To whom may we disclose your information?

We may disclose your personal information to:

  • our employees, related bodies corporate, contractors or service providers for the purposes of the operation of our websites or our business activities, fulfilling requests by you, and to otherwise provide products and services to you.  For example, we may disclose to, without limitation, web hosting providers, IT systems administrators, mailing houses, couriers, payment processors, data entry service providers, electronic network administrators, debt collectors, and professional advisors such as accountants, solicitors, business advisors and consultants;
  • suppliers and other third parties with whom we have commercial relationships, for business, marketing, and related purposes; and
  • any organisation for any authorised purpose with your express consent.

We may combine or share any information that we collect from you with information collected by any of our related bodies corporate (within and outside Australia).

Direct marketing materials

We may send you direct marketing communications and information about our products and services that we consider could be of interest to you.  These communications may be sent in various forms, including mail, SMS and email. 

In circumstances where we have requested and obtained your consent to do so, we may provide names and addresses to third parties who assist with sending direct marketing material and information on our activities to you.  On such occasions, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that the third parties who have access to personal information will protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy. For example, we will ensure that such third parties will not use personal information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for Hudson/RNAte platform.

You consent to us sending you those direct marketing communications by any of those methods.  If you indicate a preference for a method of communication, we will endeavour to use that method whenever practical to do so.  

Do we disclose your personal information to anyone outside Australia?

We may disclose personal information to our related bodies corporate and third party suppliers and service providers located overseas for some of the purposes listed above.

We take reasonable steps to ensure that the overseas recipients of your personal information do not breach the privacy obligations relating to your personal information.

We may disclose your personal information to entities located outside of Australia, including the following:


Contact us

How can you access and correct your personal information?

You can request access to any personal information we hold about you at any time by contacting us (see the details below).  Where we hold information that you are entitled to access, we will try to provide you with suitable means of accessing it (for example, by mailing or emailing it to you). We will not charge for simply making the request and will not charge for making any corrections to your personal information.

There may be instances where we cannot grant you access to the personal information we hold.  For example, we may need to refuse access if granting access would interfere with the privacy of others or if it would result in a breach of confidentiality.  If that happens, we will give you written reasons for any refusal.

If you believe that personal information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate, then you may request us to amend it.  We will consider if the information requires amendment.  If we do not agree that there are grounds for amendment then we will add a note to the personal information stating that you disagree with it.


If you believe that your privacy has been breached, please contact us using the contact information below and provide details of the incident so that we can investigate it.

We request that complaints about breaches of privacy be made in writing, so we can be sure about the details of the complaint. We will treat your requests or complaints confidentially.  Our representative will contact you within a reasonable time after receipt of your complaint to discuss your concerns and outline options regarding how they may be resolved. We will aim to ensure that your complaint is resolved in timely and appropriate manner.

After we have completed our enquiries, we will contact you, usually in writing, to advise the outcome and invite a response to our conclusions about the complaint.  If we receive a response from you, we will assess it and advise if we have changed our view.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, any concerns or a complaint regarding the treatment of your privacy or a possible breach of your privacy, please use the contact link on our websites or contact our us using the details set out below.

People and Culture


Changes to our privacy policy

We may change this privacy policy from time to time. Any updated versions of this privacy policy will be posted on our websites. Please review it regularly.

This privacy policy was last updated on January 30th, 2024.

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