Privacy Policy

Stacks Finance Privacy Policy 

Protecting your privacy

Protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information is fundamental to the way Stacks Managed Investments Ltd (SMI, Stacks Finance) does business.

As a financial services organisation, SMI has a long history of handling personal information, including sensitive information, confidentially. We value the ongoing trust you have in us to protect your privacy.

Personal information is information or an opinion about you.

This Privacy Policy explains how SMI will manage and protect your personal information, including information that SMI collects during the course of providing a product or service to you and the information SMI holds after your product or service is terminated (where we are required to hold this information or it is necessary for our functions). This Privacy Policy also applies to information that SMI collects from third parties including the information SMI receives through the credit reporting system. You can find specific information about SMI’s credit reporting practices on page 6.

This Privacy Policy contains information about how you can access the information SMI holds about you (page 10), how you can ask SMI to correct your information (page 11) and how you can make a complaint if you have concerns about how SMI has managed your information (page 11).

Which SMI entities does this Policy cover?

All SMI entities are subject to strict standards in relation to the handling of personal information, regardless of where those entities are located.

This Privacy Policy applies specifically to Stacks Managed Investments Limited and Stacks Financial Services Pty Limited (SMI). It explains how your personal information is managed by us.

How to contact SMI

If you have any questions or would like more information about this Privacy Policy you may contact the person, or office that you normally deal with. Alternatively, you may call the Member Services Team on (02) 6591 3444 during office hours or email your question or request to [email protected]

Our privacy framework

SMI is bound by the Privacy Act and the 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) set out in that Act. The APPs regulate the way that certain entities handle personal information.

As a participant in the credit reporting system, SMI is also bound by the rules in the Privacy Act which apply to credit reporting. More information about SMI’s credit reporting practices can be found on page 6.

The Privacy Act does not apply to the handling of information that does not relate to individuals – for instance information about corporations.

Collecting your personal information

SMI collects your personal information so that we can perform our various functions and activities. SMI also collects your personal information if the law requires s to collect it.

If SMI does not collect your personal information, we may not be able to deal with you, or provide you with a product or service.

SMI collects most personal information directly from you. For example, you provide us with your information when you become a Member of The Mortgage Fund ARSN 088 928 081, fill in an application form, deal with us over the telephone, send us a letter, use our websites or visit an office.

If you apply for one of SMI’s products or services, SMI may collect and hold information from you such as your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, tax file number (TFN), date of birth, annual income and other financial details, place of work, credit history, and your transaction history.

Collecting information from third parties

SMI may also collect information about you that is publicly available, including information from telephone directories, the electoral roll or other websites.

There may be occasions when SMI collects personal information about you from a third party. For example, SMI may collect personal information from:

credit reporting bodies if we request a report about your credit history (more information about SMI’s Credit Reporting practices can be found on page 6);

other credit providers if we request information from them about the products they provide to you;

organisations that SMI has an arrangement with to jointly offer products and/or has an alliance with to share information for marketing purposes to provide you with products or services and/or to promote a product or service;

our related entities so we can better manage your relationship with all SMI companies;

marketing companies if we acquire contact information to tell people about SMI products and services that may interest them; and

brokers and other parties who may have introduced you to SMI.

SMI may also collect information about how you use SMI’s and other websites to help us better tailor our services to you. For example, SMI may do this when you click on a link from an SMI website or visit a website which displays an SMI advertisement. Usually, the information we collect in this way is general information only derived from cookies – such as the number of visitors to a site or statistics about how a site is browsed – and does not identify you. If SMI does identify you with this information (for example, if you have been logged onto an online SMI service), any use or disclosure of that information will be in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Collecting sensitive information

Sensitive information is personal information about a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinion, membership of a political association, religious beliefs or affiliations, philosophical beliefs, membership of a professional or trade association, membership of a trade union, sexual orientation or practices, criminal record, genetic information or health information.

SMI will not collect, use or disclose sensitive information about you unless we need the information for one of our functions or activities and we have your consent (or we are legally required to do so).

Collecting information required by law

SMI may collect information from you because we are required or authorised by an Australian law or court or tribunal order to collect that information.

We will tell you if collection is required or authorised by law and provide you with details of the law, court or tribunal order.

For example, when you become a member of the Fund or take out a loan, SMI is required under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act to collect certain information from you to prove your identity, such as your driver’s licence or passport details.

SMI may collect your Australian tax file number (TFN) when you become a member of the Fund. It is not compulsory to provide your TFN, but if you do not, SMI may deduct withholding tax from your income payments at the highest marginal rate. SMI is required by law to submit your TFN to the Australian Government but will not disclose it unless otherwise required by law.

SMI makes inquiries into the financial situation, needs and objectives of individuals who apply for loans. This is to ensure that SMI has the information - such as the individual’s financial commitments, income and liabilities - to make an informed decision about whether the individual can afford the loan they are applying for.

SMI may also be required to ask about your tax residency status under taxation information sharing agreements the Australian Government has in place with other countries.

Using your personal information

We may use and disclose personal information we collect about you for several purposes including:

• to consider your request for a product or service;

• to enable SMI to provide a product or service;

• to tell you about other products and services that may be of interest to you;

• to manage accounts and perform other administrative and operational tasks (including risk management, systems development and testing, credit scoring and staff training, collecting debts and market or customer satisfaction research);

• to consider any concerns or complaints you raise against SMI and/or to manage any legal action between you and SMI;

• to prevent or investigate any actual or suspected fraud, unlawful activity or misconduct;

• to identify you or establish your tax status under any Australian or foreign legislation, regulation or treaty pursuant to an agreement with any tax authority; and

• as required by relevant laws, regulations, codes of practice and external payment systems.

Disclosing your personal information overseas

SMI will not (without your consent) disclose your information to organisations located overseas.

When we disclose your information overseas, we are required to take measures to ensure your information is treated in accordance with the standards that apply in Australia.

Credit reporting

About credit reporting

SMI participates in the credit reporting system. If you apply for credit from SMI, we may request a credit report about you from a credit reporting body. These credit reports contain information which assists us to assess your application, including information about your credit history with other credit providers. Credit reporting bodies can provide credit providers with credit reports in certain circumstances, including when an individual makes an application for credit, or when a credit provider is seeking to help an individual avoid defaulting on their credit. Credit reports are designed to assist credit providers to accurately assess an individual’s ability to repay credit.

To request a credit report, SMI will provide information to the credit reporting body that identifies you, as well as information about your application – including the type and amount of credit you are applying for.

In addition to collecting information about your credit history from a credit reporting body, we also collect this type of information through your use of SMI products. For instance, we collect information about the credit you hold through SMI and how you make repayments on those credit products. We collect this information to help manage the product you hold with SMI. For example, SMI may use this information to determine whether you need assistance to meet your repayment obligations.

Some of this information about the credit you hold with SMI is disclosed to a credit reporting body so it can be included in your credit report and shared with other credit providers that participate in the credit reporting system.

SMI will also need to assess your eligibility if you nominate to be a guarantor for another person. This may involve SMI obtaining information about you from a credit reporting body and reviewing information we already hold about you.

Occasionally, SMI may collect your credit information directly from other credit providers, including banks. SMI will collect information from other credit providers with your consent or if that credit provider and SMI are jointly providing credit to you.

Disclosing your information to Credit Reporting Bodies

Under the Privacy Act, credit providers can disclose certain information about your credit history to credit reporting bodies. SMI participates in credit reporting so that SMI is able to obtain information to make better and more informed decisions about providing credit to individuals. The Privacy Act restricts the purpose for which credit providers can access and use information that is held by credit reporting bodies.

SMI may disclose the following information about your credit to credit reporting bodies:

• that SMI provides you credit;

• the type of credit you hold;

• the amount of credit provided to you;

• the terms and conditions of your credit; and

• when your credit account is opened and closed.

We may also disclose how you repay your credit. If you fail to make repayments on your credit or you default on your obligations, SMI may report this information to a credit reporting body. Equally, SMI will inform a credit reporting body if you make repayments on time or if you have corrected a default.

We may also tell a credit reporting body if you commit a serious infringement (for example, fraudulent behaviour or deliberately seeking to evade your repayment obligations).

SMI discloses information to the following credit reporting bodies:

Veda Advantage Information Services and Solutions Limited

Phone:1300 850 211

Mail:      Veda Information Services & Solutions Ltd

PO Box 964

North Sydney NSW 2059

E-mail:  [email protected]


Veda Advantage is required to have a policy to explain how it manages your personal information. You can contact Veda Advantage directly to request a copy of their privacy policy or for more information about the way they manage your personal information.

Using information collected through the credit reporting system

If SMI collects credit information about you through the credit reporting system, SMI will use that information for several purposes, including:

• to assess your application for credit;

• to assist you to avoid defaulting on your credit obligations;

• to assess your suitability to act as a guarantor;

• to manage accounts and carry out general administration and operational tasks for SMI (for example, risk management, development of systems, systems testing, market and customer satisfaction research, staff training, credit scoring and collecting debts); and

• as required by relevant laws, regulations, codes of practice and payment systems.

SMI will often combine the information obtained from a credit reporting body with information SMI already holds about you. For instance, when SMI assesses your application for credit, we may combine information about other products you hold (including how much you hold in investments and how you have repaid existing SMI credit), the information you provide on your application form and the credit report we obtain from a credit reporting body to calculate a rating or score, which will determine whether you qualify for the credit you are applying for.

Disclosing your credit information

When you apply for credit with SMI, we seek your consent to disclose your personal information, including the information we receive through the credit reporting system, to third parties. The terms and conditions of your product or service will identify who SMI discloses your information to.

SMI may disclose information it receives through the credit reporting system to related entities of SMI (who use and disclose the information in the same way), agents and contractors or service providers (such as debt collection agencies), other credit providers (for them to assess credit or investigate suspected fraud), mortgage insurers and your guarantors. SMI may also disclose this information when required or authorised to do so by law including when SMI is required to disclose this information to regulatory bodies, government agencies and law enforcement bodies or courts.


If you believe you have been, or are likely to be, a victim of fraud (for example, because you discover someone else is applying for credit in your name), you have a right to request credit reporting bodies not to use or disclose credit reports they hold about you. You can do this by contacting them directly.

If you make such a request, a credit reporting body will not disclose information about you for 21 days. You can request an extension to this period if you believe you are still, or still likely to be, a victim of fraud.

Managing your credit information

SMI manages credit information that we have collected about you through the credit reporting system in the same way we manage all other personal information about you.

This Policy provides information about: how you can seek access to the credit information that we hold about you, including information that we have obtained from credit reporting bodies or other credit providers (page 6); how to seek correction of this information (page 11); and how to make a complaint if you believe your privacy has been interfered with (page 11).

Your consent is important

SMI may require your consent to use and/or disclose your information in particular ways.

For instance, we need your consent before we can obtain a credit report from a credit reporting body to assess an application for commercial credit.

Likewise we need your consent if we need to use your information for a purpose that is not related to the purpose for which we collected your information in the first place.

Depending on the circumstances, this consent may be express (for example, you expressly agree to the specific use of your information by ticking a box) or implied by some action you take or do not take (for example, your agreement is implied by the fact that you have agreed to your product terms and conditions which contains information about the use or disclosure).

Marketing and privacy

As part of SMI’s service to you, SMI may use personal information we have collected about you to identify a product or service that may benefit you. SMI may contact you from time to time to let you know about new or existing products or services. SMI may also disclose your personal information to its related entities or business partners to enable them or SMI to tell you about a product or service.

You can contact us at any time if you do not want to receive marketing information from SMI (see page 11 for our contact details).

SMI will not use any information that we have received through the credit reporting system for marketing purposes. However, for some products, SMI may ask a credit reporting body to use the credit information they hold to identify individuals that are eligible for an SMI marketing offer. If you are eligible you may be sent an offer on our behalf. You should contact credit reporting bodies directly if you do not want them to use your information in this way.

Managing your personal information

SMI protects your information

SMI protects your personal information from misuse and loss. We also protect it from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure by ensuring that your personal information can only be accessed by people properly authorised to have access.

SMI may store your personal information in hardcopy documents or electronically. SMI maintains physical security, such as locks and security systems, over our paper and electronic data stores and premises. SMI also maintains computer and network security. For example, SMI uses firewalls (security measures for the internet) and other security measures such as passwords to control access to computer systems. SMI continually maintains and monitors its online security systems to ensure that SMI’s online services are secure and that your personal information is appropriately protected when you use these services.

Protecting your privacy

You can help us to protect your privacy by observing our security requirements and contacting us immediately if your contact details change.

We require you to keep your passwords secure at all times. This means that you should not disclose your passwords to any other person. You should contact SMI immediately if you believe that your passwords may have been disclosed to another person or if you would like to change your password.

How do I access my personal information?

Subject to some exceptions, you can find out what personal information SMI holds about you, including what information we have obtained through the credit reporting system.

You should contact SMI if you wish to find out about the personal information an SMI company holds about you (see page 11 for our contact details).

We will need to verify your identity before giving you access.

We will normally be able to deal with your request immediately. If the request is complex, we will ask you to complete a personal information request form. We can usually deal with such a request within 14 to 30 days.

Depending on the complexity of your request, we may charge a fee for processing the request.

SMI will usually provide access to our information at our Head Office.

However, you may elect to receive your information by registered mail or courier, where practicable.

In certain circumstances, SMI may not be able to tell you what personal information is held about you. In these circumstances, we will write to you to explain why we can not provide you with the information and attempt to find alternative means to enable you to access your information.

How do I request correction of my information?

If you believe that the personal information we hold is inaccurate, incomplete or out-of-date, you should contact us.

We will promptly update any personal information that is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date. If you ask SMI to correct information that we have received through the credit reporting system or information we have previously disclosed to credit reporting bodies, we will consult with other credit reporting bodies and credit providers about the accuracy of your information, as necessary. If we do not agree that your information is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date, we will write to you and tell you the reason(s) why we do not agree with you. We will also tell you what you can do if you are not satisfied with our response.

Resolving your concerns

You are entitled to complain if you believe that your privacy has been compromised or that SMI has breached the Privacy Act, or an applicable code.

If you have a privacy complaint, you can contact the person, or SMI office that you have been dealing with. Alternatively, you can lodge a complaint at our Head Office. The Head Office’s contact details are:

Phone:+61 2 9561 3444 (8.45am – 5pm AEST weekdays)

Mail:      Stacks Managed Investments Limited

PO Box 1020

Taree NSW 2430

Fax:       +61 2 6591 3456

E-mail: [email protected]

Managing your complaint

If you make a complaint, SMI will respond within 2 business days to let you know who is responsible for managing your complaint. SMI will try to resolve your complaint within 45 days. When this is not possible, SMI will contact you within that time to let you know how long we will take to resolve your complaint.

SMI will investigate your complaint and where necessary, consult with other credit providers or credit reporting bodies about your complaint. SMI will make a decision about your complaint and write to you to explain our decision.

If your complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, you may apply to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to have the complaint heard and determined. When we write to you about our decision, we will explain how you may access an external dispute resolution scheme or make a complaint to the OAIC.

The information provided in this website should be regarded as general information only, rather than as advice. It has been prepared without taking account of any person's objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of that each person should, before acting on any such information, consider its appropriateness, having regard to their objectives, financial situation and needs. The Mortgage Fund is NOT a bank deposit. Investment in The Mortgage Fund is subject to INVESTMENT RISK, including possible delays in repayment and loss of income or principal invested. The income paid by The Mortgage Fund varies from quarter to quarter and The Mortgage Fund may achieve lower than expected returns in future quarters. No guarantee can be given that future performance will be reflected by data of past performance. Investment in The Mortgage Fund can only be made under the current relevant product disclosure statement (PDS) issued by Stacks Managed Investments Limited ACN 085 843 125 | AFSL 227673 which is available from this website or our office.