Dial A Story

Dial-A-Story is a collaboration between Penguin Random House Australia and Melbourne-based experiential digital agency Sandpit.

DIAL-A-STORY is a fun, interactive storytelling experience. Its unique multiplatform concept features a real-world Penguin Phone Booth and an online story archive.

Penguin authors share their own personal, intimate stories with you – and you share your own stories in return.

The specially crafted Penguin Phone Booths will be placed in various locations around Australia. Participants can dial one of five authors – John Safran, Jamie Durie, Graeme Base, Maggie Beer or Father Bob Maguire – and hear an intimate story from the author’s own life. These are never-before-heard stories that give a unique glimpse into these five authors’ lives.

The authors then invite you to leave your own message. By sharing a story from your own life, you join an ever-growing online archive of wonderful Australian stories.

Contact © Penguin Random House Australia
707 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3008, Australia
PO Box 23360, Melbourne, VIC 8012
Phone: +61 3 8537 4599
terms and conditions


These are the terms and conditions of your participation in the DIAL-A-STORY campaign promotion run by Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd via the website dialastory.com.au. Please do not submit any material to us if you do not agree to these terms and conditions:

  1. Our collection of your personal information is subject to our obligations contained in our Privacy Policy.http://www.penguin.com.au/privacy-statement
  2. By submitting your details to us via this website, you agree that: you have read and understood our Privacy Policy and that you agree to its terms; you have read and understood these terms and conditions and you agree to their terms.
  3. By submitting your details via this website, you agree that:
    1. the recording made by you will be added to an archive or database owned by us;
    2. your recorded message, any transcript of your recorded message and any written text submitted by you, may be made public online in any forum, in hard copy and/or made available to the public in any medium and format determined by us, either in whole or in part;
    3. we may edit your recording, any transcript of your recording and any text you submit to us;
    4. we may share any information you submit to us via this webpage with any third party in accordance with our Privacy Policy; and
    5. the submission of an entry automatically constitutes and is deemed a grant by the you to us of a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to edit, publish, translate, modify, adapt, make available, communicate to the public and distribute the entry (or any part thereof) for any purpose throughout the world in any media now known or hereafter invented. You unconditionally and irrevocably consent to any of the foregoing acts being done with respect to his/ her entry without attribution of authorship. You undertakes to complete any necessary documentation to formalise the licence.
  4. We reserve the right to remove any entry from any forum in which we publish the material without notice to you.

Privacy Policy and Collection Statement

In this Privacy Policy, "us", "we" or "our" means Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd and its divisions (including without limitation United Book Distributors) and related bodies corporate.

We have this policy to protect information collected about people related to our business, including its employees, prospective employees and customers, and to comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) ("Privacy Act") (subject to exemptions that apply under the Privacy Act). We take very seriously our responsibility to protect and maintain the privacy, accuracy and security of personal information.

This policy will be reviewed from time to time to take account of new or amended laws, new technology and/or changes to our operations and practices and the changing business environment. A copy of this policy can be obtained by contacting our Privacy Officer. All personal information held by us will be governed by the most recently updated policy.

This policy sets out:

  • the information we collect;
  • how we collect it;
  • why we collect it;
  • how we use it;
  • how we disclose it;
  • opting in and out;
  • management and security;
  • how to seek access to and update your personal information; and
  • contact details.

What information we collect

In general, we collect personal information in order to conduct our business, to provide and market our goods and services and to meet our legal and regulatory obligations. The personal information we collect about you includes (but is not limited to) your name, email address, location (city/town), contact details (including phone numbers and addresses), gender, date of birth, occupation and other information which may assist us in conducting our business, and providing and marketing our goods and services. In certain circumstances we collect financial information, including your credit card information where appropriate.

We also collect information about you that is not personal information. For example, we may collect data relating to your activity on our websites (including the type of internet browser you use, your operating system, address of referring site, and your IP address and clickstream information) via tracking technologies such as cookies, or we may collect information from you in response to a survey, promotion or competition. We generally use this information to report statistics, analyse trends, administer our services, diagnose problems and target and improve the quality of our products and services. Cookies allow your browser to utilise some of the features of our sites. We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. Most web browsers are set by default to accept cookies. If you reject cookies you will be unable to take advantage of some of the features of our websites. To the extent this information does not constitute personal information, the Australian Privacy Principles are not applicable and we may use this information for any lawful purpose.

We generally advise that you do not publish or communicate personal information, or at least limit the personal information that you publish or communicate, to the public via our services, such as in any forums, blogs or anywhere that user generated content can be uploaded ("Non-Confidential Information"). We cannot control any third party collection or use of your Non-Confidential Information that is publicly available.

How we collect it

We may collect your personal information from a variety of sources, including from you, advertisers, mailing lists, recruitment agencies, contractors and business partners.

We will generally collect personal information by way of forms filled out by people, face-to-face meetings, interviews, business cards, electronic attachments, telephone conversations and from third parties (representatives, agents or credit reporting agencies). In addition, we collect personal information from our websites through receiving subscription applications, job applications, entry by you in our promotions, and emails.

We may collect your personal information when you request or acquire a product or service from us, register with us as a subscriber or member, provide a product or service to us, complete a survey or questionnaire, enter a competition or event, contribute in a fundraising event, participate in our services (including blogs and forums) or when you communicate with us by email, telephone or in writing (for example if you make a complaint or provide feedback).

If, at any time, you provide personal or other information about someone other than yourself, you warrant that you have that person's consent to provide such information for the purpose for which you provide it to us.

Why we collect it

The primary purpose for which we collect information about you is to conduct our business, provide and market our products and services to you, meet our legal or regulatory obligations, and also for the management of business transactions entered into with us and the administration of any accounts you have with us. We may state a more specific purpose at the point we collect your information (including but not limited to any law that requires or authorises the particular information to be collected).

If you do not provide us with the information that we request, we may not be able to provide you with our products or services. For example, if you do not register as a member of a website, you will not be able to access features or services that are reserved for members or subscribers only.

How we use it

In addition to the primary purpose outlined above, we may use the personal information we collect, and you consent to us using your personal information:

  • to provide you with news and information about our products and services, and opportunities that we believe you may be interested in;
  • for purposes necessary or incidental to the provision of goods or services to you;
  • to personalise and customise your experience purchasing or using our goods or services;
  • to manage and enhance our products and services;
  • to communicate with you, including by email, mail or telephone;
  • to conduct competitions or promotions;
  • to verify your identity;
  • to investigate any complaints about or made by you, or if we have reason to suspect that you are in breach of any of our terms and conditions

or that you are or have been otherwise engaged in any unlawful activity;

  • in the publication on social media sites, our company website or in hardcopy form;
  • as part of a sale (or proposed sale) of all or part of our business; and/or
  • as required or permitted by any law or regulation (including without limitation the Privacy Act).

How we disclose it

We may disclose personal information, and you consent to us disclosing your personal information, to other members of Penguin Random House Australia (in which case, your personal information will be collected, used, disclosed, managed and stored in accordance with this Privacy Policy).

We may also disclose personal information, and you consent to us disclosing your personal information, to third parties:

  • engaged by us to perform functions or provide products and services on our behalf, such as processing of credit card information, mailouts, debt collection, marketing, research and advertising;
  • that are our agents, business partners or joint venture entities or partners;
  • that sponsor or promote any competition that we conduct or promote via our services;
  • authorised by you to receive information held by us;
  • as part of any investigation in relation to you or your activity, including:
    • if we have reason to suspect that you have committed a breach of any of our terms and conditions, or have otherwise been engaged in any unlawful activity, and we reasonably believe that disclosure is necessary to the Police, any relevant authority or enforcement body, or your Internet Service Provider or network administrator; or
    • where there is actual, alleged or suspected fraud or unlawful activity (including actual, alleged or suspected fraudulent use by any person other than you of your credit or debit card details to make any purchase from us) and we reasonably believe that disclosure is necessary to, or we have been requested to make disclosure by, the Police or any relevant authority or enforcement body;
  • including but not limited to our external advisers or potential or actual bidders or their external advisers as part of a sale (or proposed sale) of all or part of our business; and/or
  • as required or permitted by any law (including the Privacy Act).

Opting in or out

At the point we collect information from you, you may be asked to "opt in" to consent to us using or disclosing your personal information for purposes other than those that are expressly stated in this policy. For example, you may be asked to opt-in to receive further information or communications from our advertisers and supporters.

You will generally be given the opportunity to "opt out" from receiving communications from us or from third parties that send communications to you in accordance with this policy. For example, you will be given the option to unsubscribe to emails or newsletters sent by us.

How we hold it - Management and security

We have appointed a Privacy Officer to oversee the management of personal information in accordance with this policy and the Privacy Act.

Other than in relation to Non-Confidential Information, we will take all reasonable steps to protect the personal information that we hold from misuse, loss, or unauthorised access, including by means of firewalls, password access, secure servers and encryption of credit card transactions.

However, you acknowledge that the security of online transactions and the security of communications sent by electronic means or by post cannot be guaranteed. You provide information to us via the internet or by post at your own risk. We cannot accept responsibility for misuse or loss of, or unauthorised access to, your personal information where the security of information is not within our control.

If you suspect any misuse or loss of, or unauthorised access to, your personal information, or any other privacy breach please let us know immediately.

Accessing and updating or correcting your information and how to contact us

Subject to the exceptions set out in the Privacy Act, you may seek access to, or seek to update or correct, the personal information we hold about you. We will require you to verify your identity and to specify the information to which you require access or updating or correction. A fee may be charged for providing access however we will advise you of the likely cost in advance.

Subscribers or members of our websites will generally be able to access and update their membership and contact details online.

We request that you keep your information as current as possible so that we may continue to improve our service to you.

If you would like to seek access or request updating or correction to personal information we hold about you, or if you have any questions or complaints about how we collect, use, disclose, manage or store your personal information, you can contact the department that collected your personal information in the first instance, or write to:

The Privacy Officer
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd
707 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3008
00:00 @ 00.00.00
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