Privacy policy

QBE LMI's Privacy Policy

QBE LMI's privacy assurance

This Privacy Policy applies to QBE Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance Limited ABN 70 000 511 071 ("QBE LMI”, “we” or “us”).

We value and respect your right to privacy of your personal information. We are bound by, and will abide by, the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“Privacy Act”). This Privacy Policy explains how QBE LMI manages your personal information.

Personal information means any information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable.

For information on how QBE LMI handles your credit-related personal information, please refer to the QBE LMI Credit Reporting Policy.


Kinds of personal information we collect and hold

QBE LMI collects personal information when it:

  • provides lenders' mortgage insurance and for related business activities like reinsurance, and securitisations,
  • engages agents, contractors and suppliers, and
  • pursues marketing prospects and opportunities.

The kinds of personal information collected can be quite broad and includes loan application information, contact details (including your telephone number and email address) and identification information, financial information and supporting documentation (including credit and employment history), transaction history information, banking details, personal references and employment information.

QBE LMI may also collect sensitive information about you, including health information and information about your membership of professional associations.

For legal reasons and subject to our obligations under the Australian Privacy Principles, information collected may be retained by QBE LMI after a transaction or relationship has concluded.

In holding your personal information, QBE LMI uses a variety of physical and electronic security measures, including restricting physical access to its offices to protect your personal information from misuse, interference or loss, and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure.


How personal information is collected and held

Wherever it is possible and practical to do so, QBE LMI collects personal information from you directly. For example, we may collect your personal information when you contact us by telephone, when you send us a letter or email or when you submit or give us a completed form.

When offering lenders' mortgage insurance, QBE LMI usually collects your personal information from lender banks, credit unions, building societies, mortgage brokers or originators (each a "mortgage lender"). In those circumstances, the mortgage lender collects your personal information from you and then provides it to us. QBE LMI may also collect your personal information from publicly available sources of information.

Our web site uses common internet technologies, such as cookies, to collect general statistical information on visitors to our websites. Cookies are also used to assist you in your use of our online facilities. We do not collect personal information from cookies or use cookies for marketing purposes. We collect generalised statistics on web pages visited (including time, date and number of “hits”) but do not record personal details of visitors to our websites.

Your personal information is held in secure environments including computer systems and databases, paper records and telephone recordings. We may utilise related companies, agents and third-party suppliers for data storage services.


What happens if you do not provide your information to QBE LMI

The information collected when QBE LMI offers lenders' mortgage insurance to a mortgage lender is required under the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) (“Insurance Contracts Act”) and is necessary for QBE LMI to undertake its business. If you do not provide the information requested, then QBE LMI will not be able to issue insurance to the mortgage lender. As a result, the mortgage lender may not be able to provide the mortgage to you.


Purposes for collecting, holding, using and disclosing your personal information

When QBE LMI offers lenders' mortgage insurance to a mortgage lender, QBE LMI collects, holds, uses and discloses your personal information to:

  • assess the risk of:
    o providing lenders' mortgage insurance to the mortgage lender
    o you defaulting on your obligations to the mortgage lender
    o you being unable to meet a liability that might arise under a guarantee, in respect of mortgage finance given (or to be given) by the mortgage lender to another person
  • administer or vary any lenders' mortgage insurance cover provided, including dealing with claims, recovery of proceeds and enforcing the mortgage in the place of the mortgage lender
  • conduct risk assessment and management involving securitisation, credit scoring, portfolio analysis, reporting, fraud prevention and claim recovery, and
  • comply with legislative and regulatory requirements including under the Privacy Act and the Insurance Contracts Act as amended from time to time.

QBE LMI may also use your personal information for such other purposes as may be permitted under the Privacy Act.

When engaging suppliers, agents, and contractors, QBE LMI will use fair means to obtain the necessary personal information required to satisfy QBE LMI’s requirements given the nature of the contract.

When QBE LMI pursues marketing prospects and other opportunities, QBE LMI may, subject to the Privacy Act, also collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information so that we may contact you and provide you with updated news and communications and information about our services (for example about property seminars we may be hosting). If you are our business partner, we may also use your personal information to contact you about our products.


Disclosure of your personal information (who the information may be disclosed to)

Where information is collected for lenders’ mortgage insurance purposes, QBE LMI may disclose your personal information to:

  • our related companies, whether in Australia or overseas, for processing (specifically in the Philippines)
  • the mortgage lender
  • reinsurers
  • credit reporting and ratings agencies
  • other mortgage insurers
  • parties for the purpose of securitisation
  • a guarantor or potential guarantor
  • our service providers in Australia and overseas, including India and the Philippines (including marketing companies, data consultants and IT contractors)
  • to parties for the purposes of fraud prevention
  • our agents, contractors, and external advisers
  • your legal and financial advisers
  • government and other regulatory bodies
  • mercantile agents if you default on your obligations to the lender
  • payment system operators, and
  • other financial institutions and credit providers.

Generally, and in relation to lenders’ mortgage insurance, QBE LMI may also need to exchange information between contractors, suppliers and, depending on the nature of the information from other credit providers, advisors. If necessary, QBE LMI will also share your information with a credit reporting body.

Where information is collected for marketing prospects and other opportunities, QBE LMI may disclose your personal information to our service providers (including marketing companies, data consultants and IT contractors) and to our related companies whether in Australia or overseas (specifically in India and the Philippines).

Please refer to the QBE LMI Credit Reporting Policy for further information on default reporting.


Likely overseas disclosures

In some instances, our service providers and related companies to which we disclose personal information may be located overseas. The countries in which these service providers and related companies are located may vary from time to time, but include the Philippines, India, Ireland, the USA, China and countries in the European Union.

Where personal information has been disclosed to an overseas recipient, there is a possibility that in certain cases that recipient may be required to disclose it under a foreign law. Where this occurs, such disclosure is not a breach of the Act.


Access, corrections and complaints

Our aim is to always have accurate, complete, up-to-date and relevant personal information. When you deal with us, you should check the information we hold about you is correct.

You can contact our Customer Care team to request access to personal information we hold about you and correct any errors. Generally, no restrictions or charges apply.

Our Customer Care is also available if you have questions about our privacy policy, would like a free copy or if you’d like to make a complaint.

QBE Customer Care

 Phone  1300 650 503 (Office Hours Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm)
Calls from mobiles, public telephones or hotel rooms may attract additional charges
Post  GPO Box 219

Date prepared: 18 March 2019

Date effective: 19 March 2019