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Geoff Howard MP, his office and our service providers value the privacy of every individual’s personal information and health information.

We are committed to protecting the information we collect and use and comply with our obligations under the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).

Protecting your privacy and your personal and health information is an important aspect of the way we create, organise and implement our activities on-line and off-line.

Collecting personal information

You can access Geoff Howard’s website homepage and browse our site without disclosing personal information. The Office of Geoff Howard MP will only record your email address and/or contact details if you send our site a message.

The personal information we collect includes:

  • The content of any electronic forms you submit via the website, requesting us to provide services, information or take actions.
  • Information submitted if you take part in an online survey.
  • Any messages or comments you submit to email addresses displayed on this website, which may include personal information such as name, email address and telephone number.

The information is collected for the purposes of responding to the matters raised in your correspondence.

Statistical data is collected to assist in making the site more usable. We do this using software techniques such as clickstream data, cookies and web beacons. For an explanation of how these techniques are used on Geoff Howard’s website, see Website Usage Measurement below. These statistics may qualify as personal information under the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic), however, they are not used to identify individual users of the Leader’s website. For example, we do not collect names and email addresses.

Using and disclosing information

We will only use and disclose personal and health information for:

  • the primary purpose for which it was collected;
  • purposes related to that primary purpose and which are within the reasonable expectations of users; and
  • other purposes to which you have consented;
  • other purposes permitted by the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic).

As we work with State Government Departments and Agencies on policy issues, we may share personal information with those Departments and Agencies so that the issues raised can be considered.

If you provide the Office of Geoff Howard MP with personal and health information about other people, we rely on you to make them aware that such information is being provided to the Office of Geoff Howard MP, the types of third parties the Office of Geoff Howard MP may provide it to, the relevant purposes that the Office of Geoff Howard MP and such third parties will use it for, and how they can seek to access it.

We have implemented technology and security policies, rules and measures to protect the personal information that we have under our control. However, you should be aware that there are risks in transmitting information across the Internet. So while we strive to protect such information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to us online and individuals do so at their own risk. If you are concerned about conveying sensitive material to us over the Internet, you might prefer to contact us by telephone or mail.

Once any personal information comes into our possession, we will take reasonable steps to protect that information from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure. We will remove personal information from our system where it is no longer required, except where archiving is required and in compliance with the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic).

Website Usage Measurement

This website uses Google Analytics to track and measure visitation numbers using clickstream data, cookies and web beacons (outlined below). For more information visit,  http://www.google.com/privacy.html.

This website uses visitor logs to measure visitation numbers and logs the following information for statistical purposes:

  • your server address
  • your top-level domain name
  • the date and time of your visit to the site
  • the pages accessed and documents downloaded
  • the previous site visited
  • the type of browser used

Clickstream data

Clickstream data refers to visitor logs and statistics that provide useful information about users’ online experience without identifying individuals. Typical clickstream data collected includes: A visitor’s computer address (i.e. Internet Protocol (IP) address) and relevant domains, times and dates of site visits, pages accessed (including most visited and least visited) and files downloaded Browsers and operating systems used by visitors. Geoff Howard’s website uses clickstream data purely for statistical purposes (such as the most popular searches and the times of the day that Geoff Howard’s website is used most and least) without identifying individual users.


A cookie is a block of data that is shared between a web server and a user’s browser. Cookies may give the server information about a computer’s identity and website visiting patterns and preferences. Geoff Howard’s website does not use cookies to identify individual users.

Web beacons

A web beacon is a technology that records web page usage statistics Geoff Howard’s website uses web beacons to collect clickstream data, but does not use beacons to identify individual users.

No personal information is provided, used or accessed by these measurement methods.

Gaining access to personal information

Should you wish to gain access to, or correction of, your personal information held by the Office of Geoff Howard MP, you may contact the person within the Office of Geoff Howard MP who holds the information, or else, you should contact us via our feedback form.

Please note: This privacy statement does not extend beyond Geoff Howard’s website. When linking to other sites from this website, we recommend that you read the privacy statement of that site to familiarise yourself with its privacy principles.

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The content of this website is provided for informational purposes only.

Geoff Howard MP makes no representations or warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, including warranties of accuracy, in regards to any content contained on the website.

Geoff Howard MP makes no representation or warranty (either express or implied) as to the suitability of the website for any purpose or the completeness, accuracy, reliability, security or availability of the website; nor does it accept any responsibility arising in any way (including from negligence) for errors in, or omissions from, the website.

Geoff Howard MP, the Victorian Labor Party, the State of Victoria, its agents, instrumentalities and employees are not liable for any loss, damage, claim, expense, cost (including legal costs) or liability arising directly or indirectly from your use or non-use of the website or your reliance upon the website (whether arising from negligence or otherwise). The information on the web site is provided on the basis that all persons accessing the site undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content.

Information or advice published by Geoff Howard MP and his office is considered to be true and correct at the time of publication. Changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information and Geoff Howard MP gives no assurance of any information or advice contained.

The information contained in the website is not to be displayed except in full screen format. No liability is accepted for any information that may appear in any other format.

No responsibility is taken for any information that may appear on any linked web sites. This website provides links to other websites. These external information sources are outside our control. It is the responsibility of users to make their own decision about the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of information found. Geoff Howard MP does not necessarily endorse any company or organisation linked to from this site.

There is no warranty that the site will be free of infections by viruses or any other code that manifests contaminating or destructive properties.

We make every effort to ensure that links on this site are current. If you find a link that does not work, please notify us by completing our feedback form.

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Buninyong Electorate


The electorate of Buninyong is diverse with a range of living environments. It is a 3,107km² part-urban and part-rural electorate including the southern suburbs of Ballarat; running east through Ballan to West Maddingley, south through Meredith to Lethbridge and west to Linton. The electorate had a population of 40,891 voters at the 2014 state election.

Ballarat is Victoria’s largest inland city and was one of the main goldmining centres in Australia in the nineteenth century. Today the district has its own culture and lifestyle. Many people have chosen it not only for the lifestyle, but for the range of quality services available including health and education, along with the unique job opportunities that exist. Ballarat is one of Victoria’s leading regional hubs, being a world leader in information technology, manufacturing, agriculture, services and tourism.

Ballarat East was one of the earliest districts of the Legislative Assembly, having been created for the second state election in 1859.

Home of the Eureka Rebellion 1854 and the Birth of the Australian Spirit

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Constituent Services


As your State Member of Parliament, I am here to work for you; I can assist with anything relating to the Victorian Government and provide you with information and advice.

I would also love to know what you think are the most crucial and important issues facing us today, both in your local community and Victoria.

Ways that Geoff can help you

Geoff Can:

  • Raise issues in parliament
  • Promote issues within government
  • Contact appropriate Ministers and departments
  • Recommend a service that can help
  • Assist community organisations
  • Provide advice and assistance
  • Advocate on your behalf with representatives from other levels of government

What To Do:

If there is an issue affecting you or others you need to:

  • Telephone, write, email or make an appointment to see Geoff.
  • Gather relevant information and work out what you want to say.
  • Clearly describe your issue or the information you are looking for.

Your suggestion can lead to improvements in your local area.

Make democracy work for you…

Choosing which level of government can best assist:

There are three distinct levels of Government—Local, State and Federal each with their own responsibilities.

Federal: immigration, pensions and benefits, foreign affairs, foreign trade, defence and taxation.

State: schools, hospitals, health services, public housing, public transport, roads, consumer affairs, police, child protection, disability services, occupational health and safety, planning, environmental protection.

Local: building permits and regulations, local roads and footpaths, parks and sporting facilities, garbage collection and recycling, health inspection, maternal and child health, senior citizens centres, neighbourhood houses and community centres. 

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About Geoff


Geoff has two children and his interests other than family and politics include bush walking, gardening and agriculture.

Geoff moved to Ballarat in 1982 to take up an appointment at Sacred Heart College, Ballarat East as a Maths/Science teacher.Since then he has been actively involved in community life in the Ballarat region.  This has included nearly 10 years as a councillor for the City of Ballarat, when he represented the residents of Eureka and Canadian wards between 1989 and 1999. This included a term as Mayor in 1993-4.

Geoff Howard was elected to State Parliament in 1999 as the Member for Ballarat East.  He was immediately appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.  After the November 2002 election he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture.  Geoff has also served as the Chair of the Education and Training Committee and is currently serving as the deputy chair of the Rural and Regional Committee.

Geoff has a strong passion for education and training and the opportunity they provide for regional Victorians.  He also believes in equal access to quality services and supports for regional people. Geoff works tirelessly to make sure that the states prosperity does not end at the metropolitan boundary but extends to all regional people wherever scattered across the large and small cities and towns of the Electorate of Buninyong.


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As the Member for the Buninyong Electorate, I am your local government representative and you can contact me if you have any queries or concerns about State Government issues that affect you in Buninyong.


Over the coming months I intend to continue my practice of meeting with as many people as possible across the communities in the new electorate.


As well as holding my regular community consultations, I will be door-knocking and making phone contact with residents.


I will also be holding local community meetings and BBQ’s across the many suburbs, towns and regions in the electorate.


If I miss you while I am out and about, or you are not able to attend my community meetings in your area and would like to speak with me, please call 5331 7722 or e-mail me on geoff.howard@parliament.vic.gov.au


I would also welcome any support you may like to offer towards my efforts to provide strong leadership to represent your community.


Geoff Howard
MLA Buninyong

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