Terms of Use


The Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart (SOSJ) accept no responsibility for the content on external sites. External links are presented without warranty, express or implied. The descriptions of sites in these pages have been taken from the pages themselves and are not meant to express the opinions of the SOSJ.


©2021 the Trustees of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

All information on this site is solely for the purposes of reference by interested visitors. Information may be cited, and images used, only with prior written permission and proper attribution.

Please direct enquiries about using information on this site to our contact page.

Trademark Information

The Trustees of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart hold a number of Registered Trademarks. These Trademarks include names, images, signatures and logos particular to Saint Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart. A list of current Trademarks may be downloaded below or accessed on the Australian Government’s IP Australia website.

SOSJ Registered Trademarks

IP Australia Searchable List of Trademarks
To protect against inappropriate use, requests to use these Trademarks must be submitted via our online form.

Privacy Policy

Updated 29/03/2021


The Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart (SOSJ) are committed to a world in which the rights and dignity of each person are respected. This encompasses our commitment to all associated with the Congregation, our staff, our supporters and the communities with whom we minister.

This Privacy Policy adheres to the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 and its amendments, including the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) and any other applicable privacy laws in Australia. We seek to demonstrate a culture of best practice within a spirit of accountability and respect.

The SOSJ are committed to regularly updating our practices to accommodate changes in technology, the Congregation’s mission and relevant legislation.


This Privacy Policy sets out the way in which we collect, use and disclose your personal information.

This Privacy Policy also helps you understand why and how SOSJ collect and use personal information, and what to do if you have questions, concerns or complaints.

By visiting our website, signing up to our newsletter, signing a petition, applying for employment with us, making a donation or otherwise providing us with your personal information, you acknowledge that your personal information is being collected, used and disclosed as set out in this Privacy Policy.

We will occasionally make updates to this Privacy Policy, so we will note the date of the last change at the top of the page. Updates to the Privacy Policy are effective from the date that they are posted on the Website.

Children’s Privacy Protection

The SOSJ understand the importance of protecting children’s privacy in the online world. Our website is not designed for or intentionally targeted at children 13 years of age or younger. It is not our policy to intentionally collect or maintain information about anyone under the age of 13. Any photos or images displayed on our website of children will have been published with express written permission from the parent and/or guardian.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph have zero tolerance of abuse. All organisations and individuals in relationship with the Sisters have responsibility for the safeguarding of children.  

Legislative reporting requirements as per Safeguarding Complaints Handling Policy and Reporting Procedures and Safeguarding Information Sharing and Record Keeping Policy can be found here – Our Commitment, Documents & Policies – Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart (sosj.org.au). 

Use of Information

SOSJ will collect and maintain certain personally identifiable information from you only when you provide it to us on a voluntary basis, for example, when you contact us or when you subscribe to our newsletter or forums

We collect, use, hold and disclose your personal information only as necessary for purposes directly related to our works and activities, including:

  • Processing donations and completing financial transactions, including issuing of thank you letters;
  • Communicating with you via mail, email or phone;
  • Responding to your questions, comments or other requests;
  • Analysing our effectiveness;
  • Any other purpose identified at the time of collecting your information.

Any personal contact information you provide to us may be disclosed, if appropriate, to third parties who provide services on our behalf, such as mail, database, telephone, IT, audit, professional advice, payment processing and research services. We may also disclose your personal information to our volunteers who assist with many of our tasks. We will only disclose your personal information:

  • With your consent; or
  • For a purpose which you would reasonably expect; or
  • As required or permitted by law; or
  • In accordance with this Privacy Policy.

We will not share any information about you with any other third parties without your consent. Your email address will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it, and it will not be added to a mailing list or used for any other purpose without your consent.

Information Collected

When you visit our website please be aware that our Internet Service Provider makes a record of your visit and logs information about it. This is the usual practice for an Internet Service Provider. This information may include but is not limited to:

• Your IP address;
• The date and time of your visit to the site;
• The pages you accessed and documents downloaded;
• The previous site you have visited;
• The type of browser you are using.

Opting-out of Communications

Where we use your personal information to send you marketing materials by post or email we will provide you with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving such information.

Every time we send emails for marketing or promotional purposes, our emails will contain instructions on how you may unsubscribe from the relevant email list in respect of direct marketing.

When we send you hard copy promotional materials, such materials will include instructions on how you may unsubscribe from receiving such materials. Otherwise, you can unsubscribe from receiving our materials by contacting us.

You can access, update or correct the information we have collected or let us know of your preferences for how we communicate with you by contacting us.


The SOSJ strive to ensure the security, integrity and privacy of personal information submitted to our website, and we periodically update our security measures in light of current technologies.


It is usual practice for websites to utilise small text files known as ‘cookies’ to improve the experience of visiting a website. They may, from time to time, be used by us. In this case, these small files will be placed on your computer as a way to save your preferences. To opt-out of receiving cookies please change the settings on your web browser. This may affect your browsing experience, reducing functionality of some aspects of our website. 

External Links

Hyperlinks to external websites, apps or third party applications may appear on our website. We are not responsible for content on external websites or other services operated by third parties nor do we have any control over their compliance with our own privacy standards as set in our own Privacy Policy. When you choose to use these hyperlinks, you agree to visit these external websites or applications at your own risk.

Your Consent

By using our site, you are consenting to our Privacy Policy. We will review this Privacy Policy periodically, and if we change it, we shall post any changes on this page so that you are always kept informed of the information we collect, how we use it and the circumstances under which we disclose it, if at all.

If you require further details, please contact us.