RISE Privacy policy

Privacy statement

Your personal information is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). CSIRO will handle your information in accordance with this Act and the National Health & Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007, updated 2018), or as otherwise required by law.

Your personal information, including your full name, email address and mobile number, is being collected for the purposes of conducting the Rapid Innovation Startup and Expansion (RISE) Accelerator program, and related scientific research.

CSIRO may also collect your sensitive information, including information about your ethnicity and gender to determine whether you are an Indigenous Australian, ethnic or female led business.

Sensitive information may also be collected, including images, audio and/or video recordings of you for the purposes outlined above, including during your attendance at interviews and webinars, or for use in promotional materials in connection with the RISE Accelerator Program. By participating in the RISE Accelerator program you consent to the use of images, audio and/or video recordings taken of you during the program being used for promotional and social media purposes.

CSIRO may disclose your personal information to third parties including program collaborator Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), relevant Australian government entities (including AusTrade, DFAT), suppliers, mentors, experts, corporates, sponsors, industry partners and research institutes for the purposes of assessing eligibility to participate in the RISE Accelerator Program and for the purposes of delivering the RISE Accelerator program. By virtue of your participation, your personal information may be disclosed to other participants during your attendance at RISE Accelerator program activities.

The RISE Accelerator program is delivered in collaboration with AIM (an organisation based in India) and will be delivered through a mix of online and in-person modes of delivery, with several travel components (domestic and international) to bring participants in the cohort together. As a result, your personal information will be disclosed to overseas recipients (including AIM, suppliers, mentors, experts, corporates and industry partners) for the purposes of facilitating participation in the RISE Accelerator Program.

Overseas disclosure of your personal information may occur for the purpose of assessing applications to participate in the program, or during your attendance at components of the program delivered internationally, such as your attendance at seminars and events.

AIM is based in India and uses servers based in India. Our collaboration with AIM means your personal information may be disclosed to AIM and will accordingly be accessed and used by AIM overseas for the purpose of delivering the project. As a result, your personal information may be stored on AIM servers located outside Australia, in order to facilitate AIM’s usage and access to information as part of the RISE Accelerator program.

The RISE Accelerator program will be supported and delivered by relevant Australian government entities (including AusTrade, DFAT), suppliers, mentors, experts, corporates, sponsors and industry partners who may have access to your personal information for the purpose of assessing applications or delivery of components of the program. Due to the international aspect of the RISE Accelerator program, our partnerships with suppliers, mentors, experts, corporates and industry partners may involve the transfer of your personal information to servers located outside Australia.

This project is also partnering with ‘Award Force’ and Intersective Pty Ltd trading as ‘Practera’ to assist with the delivery of the program. While CSIRO has taken steps to ensure that your personal information is stored in Award Force and Practera servers based in Australia, it cannot completely remove the risk that your personal information may be transferred to servers located outside Australia.

By participating in the program, you consent to the transfer of your personal information to overseas recipients located outside of Australia and you acknowledge that, once transferred overseas, your personal information may not be subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act. If you have any concerns about this, you should not participate in the program.

Results from the program will be de-identified and/or aggregated and published/presented or shared in a variety of forums and with third parties. This includes presentations to collaborators, sponsors and industry partners to demonstrate program outcomes and impacts.

While CSIRO will make all attempts to ensure you cannot be reidentified from the information contained within the publications, this risk can never be completely removed. It is possible that you may be able to be reidentified within the publications due to the small number of participants in the program or due to unique information known to an individual e.g. as personal friend/acquaintance/colleague.

Your personal details including your name and business name will only be published with your explicit consent.

For further information on how CSIRO handles your personal information and our access, correction and complaints process please read our Privacy Policy or by contacting us at privacy@csiro.au.

For information about how Award Force and Practera generally handle personal information, please refer to their general privacy policies:

Who we are

Our website address is: https://riseaccelerator.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.