- Australian Hostels
- Travel & Tours
YHA is part of the world's largest backpacker accommodation network, Hostelling International (HI). YHA offers a range of member services including an Australia-wide network of hostels and accommodation services, YHA Travel & Tours, and an extensive member discount program.
We understand that you care about the use and storage of your personal information and we value your trust in allowing us to do this in a careful and sensible manner. Personal information is information about you that is identifiable, like your name and email address.
Information we collect and how we collect it
Direct collection of personal details
We primarily collect information about you directly when you interact with us in person or electronically to:
Examples of the types of personal information we collect include your:
We may collect parts of your personal information by scanning the ID you show us upon check-in. The scan will collect the following information: your name, photo, post code (if Australian), nationality, gender and date of birth.
If you do not wish your ID to be scanned we still need to see it and we will record your information. If we do not have a scan of your photo it will be necessary to present your ID each time you check in.
We do not store your credit card information.
For what purpose do we collect your personal information?
As you will stay in a shared environment with other guests it is important that we know who is in our hostel at all times to ensure safety and security for all guests. If you do not provide ID upon check-in you will not be able to stay with us.
Indirect collection and automatic collection
YHA usually collects limited information about all visitors to our website and online resources; this is only used to identify generic behavioural patterns of how our website and online resources are being used.
We use technology including cookies to collect information about you indirectly. This may include information about what type of device you use to access our website, the internet browser you use, what site brought you to our site, the time and date of visiting the site and your IP address. This information is usually anonymous, but may be used in conjunction with information you have provided us directly to enhance your experience, anonymously.
We may also obtain your information from someone else where you have consented for them to disclose your information to us, for example, if you have booked YHA services through a travel agent or partner, either online or offline. In this case we will take reasonable steps to ensure you are aware of the information collected and the circumstances of collection.
All of this information is used to develop and improve our services online.
How long do we keep your personal information?
As part of your reservation record we keep your Dates of Stay, Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Nationality, Postcode and contact details for at least the minimum time required by law, which is seven years.
As part of your membership record we keep your Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Nationality, Address (if provided) and photo (if provided) until you cease to be a YHA member or up to two years since your last stay with YHA.
Why we collect your information
We collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information:
We may communicate with you by email, post, SMS, telephone, mobile or otherwise.
If we no longer need your personal information, we will ensure that it is either destroyed or de-identified.
Disclosure to Third Parties
Generally, we only disclose your personal information to third parties involved in fulfilling your bookings and providing you the services you have asked for, or where you have specifically consented to the disclosure.
We work with third-party organisations to deliver some of our services to you and we disclose your information to enable them to provide you with these services. This includes third party operators of “Travel Deals” to whom we disclose name/s, destinations, time of travel and other special requirements you have provided and agreed to share.
In some cases, the organisations to which we disclose your personal information will be based outside Australia. Typically, overseas hostels are booked through our umbrella organisation Hostelling International, located in the UK.
Before we disclose your information to our overseas service providers, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that they comply with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), and only use your information for the purposes outlined in this Privacy Statement. You consent to us disclosing your personal information to overseas recipients on that basis.
We may disclose your information to a person or authority if we are required to do so by law.
Security of your information
YHA holds your personal information electronically, both at our own premises and with the assistance of our service providers. Your data will be stored on a central database that is located in Australia and operated by us/one of our service providers. Only authorised YHA staff have access to this material.
YHA implements a range of technical systems and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information against unauthorised access, alteration, destruction, use or disclosure and against accidental loss.
YHA does not have control over information while in transit over the internet. We do our best to keep your information safe, including by encryption, but we cannot guarantee its security. In addition, our website may include links to other websites. We are not responsible, nor do we endorse the contents of those sites, and you should always read the privacy policies of those sites.
You have a choice about how we use your personal information. When you register with us, you can choose not to provide us with some or all of your personal information. However, it may mean you are not able to take advantage of certain services that we provide.
You have the following rights in relation to our communications to you:
You can contact us using the details below.
Accessing your personal information
We do our best to make sure that all information we hold about you is accurate, up-to-date and complete. You have the right to access your personal information held by us, and have any inaccuracies in your information corrected. You may also request for us to delete your information from our databases by contacting us using the details below.
We will use all reasonable efforts to respond to your requests within 30 days. Proof of ID is required before any information will be disclosed.
To correct personal information (not booking details such as dates of arrival or departure) on our records in relation to:
We may charge a reasonable administration fee to provide you with access to your personal information in certain circumstances if the costs of meeting your access requests are not nominal.
Changes to this Policy
If you believe that YHA has breached the Australian Privacy Principles, or you have a complaint about how your personal information is handled, you can contact us using the details below.
We take your complaints seriously and we will attempt to resolve any issues quickly and fairly.
If we cannot resolve your complaint to a satisfactory standard, you are entitled to lodge your complaint in the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at:
Privacy Officer, YHA Australia
Updated September 2017