CIRCLE Policy: Customer Complaints
1.0 POLICY STATEMENT
CIRCLE values all feedback from customers as an important tool to ensure that our services and actions are meeting their intended purposes, and to continually improve.
Customer a person or organization accessing CIRCLE’s products or services.
Complainant a person or organization submitting a complaint about CIRCLE’s products or services.
Customer complaint an expression of dissatisfaction made to or about CIRCLE’s products, services, staff or the handling of a complaint, where a response or resolution is explicitly or implicitly expected or legally required.
Customer Feedback an opinion, comment, suggestion, compliment or expression of interest or concern about the CIRCLE related to its products and services or the actions of its staff. In most instances, customer feedback will not require a formal response unless specifically requested by the customer.
The policy applies to all customer complaints received in relation to all CIRCLE services and staff.
The CIRCLE’s Customer Complaints Policy does not replace or interfere with legislation or policy dealing with complaints about privacy, right to information, official misconduct or maladministration, criminal conduct or illegality, or matters specifically dealt with through other legislative and/or appeal processes.
Service requests, general enquiries, research requests, and feedback provided as a result of a consultation process are not considered complaints for the purposes of this policy.
4.0 POLICY BASE
CIRCLE’s customer complaint management system aligns with law No. 513/1991 Coll., Commercial Code, No. 40/1964 Col
We acknowledge the right of CIRCLE customers to express dissatisfaction with our services and actions, and to seek a rectification of it. The goals of this policy are that:
- customer complaints are managed fairly, promptly, consistently and confidentially;
- relevant findings from customer complaints are used to inform the improvement of CIRCLE procedures and practices.
CIRCLE commits to the principles and standards below in managing customer complaints.
|Visible and accessible|
|Objective and fair||
|Communicative and provides remedies|
|Effective and monitored|
6.0 MANAGEMENT OF CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS
6.1 How to Make a Complaint
Complaints may be made orally or in writing, however customers are encouraged to submit their complaint online. If a customer is unwilling or unable to submit the complaint themselves, the receiving staff member makes a decision to submit on their behalf in the interests of possible operational improvements that may be made as a result.
Complaints may be made:
- Online via the Support Page for each CIRCLE using the complaints form.
- In writing to Václavské nám. 21,110 00 Nové Město, Prague, Czech Republic, 3rd floor 324 office using the Complaint Lodgment Form (not mandatory) To submit a complaint, customers should provide:
- First and Last name and account details (email and login) of the Complainant (complaints can also be submitted anonymously)
- The reason for the complaint, including the date, time, location and as many other details as possible of any incident
- The complainant’s desired outcome
Customers wishing to make a complaint in person are advised that, depending on the nature or complexity of the complaint, a resolution may not be immediately available and may require follow up by the appropriate staff member/supervisor. Customers may also be directed to submit their complaint in writing, or via the CIRCLE’s website complaint form.
Customers who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can submit a complaint via the National Relay Service (http://relayservice.gov.au).
6.2 Feedback to Complainant
Feedback related to a complaint may be requested via any of the methods listed above.
Possible remedies for the resolution of complaints may include:
- Communication with the complainant
- Rectification of complainant's damage or loss
- Mitigation to reduce the adverse consequences for the complainant
- Satisfaction of reasonable concerns raised by the complainant
- Compensation of loss sustained
CIRCLE may receive complaints that fall outside its jurisdiction. In that case, the complainant should be made aware of the fact that the complaint is not within our jurisdiction and should be further supported to identify the relevant agency or body. The complainant may also receive reasonable assistance to identify the procedure for making a complaint to the agency or body.
- The complaint must be acknowledged within 7 working days. This acknowledgement must outline how the complaint will be managed, including an estimated timeframe for resolution and if necessary, how progress reports will be provided.
- Simple complaints (that are not of a serious nature and/or not requiring extensive investigation or consultation) must be resolved within 20 working days
- If there is going to be a delay in responding to a complaint due to complexity or the requirement of extensive investigation, the customer is to be informed why and provided regular updates on the progress of the complaint.
8.0 RESPONSIBLE OFFICERS
The Chief Operating Officer is Accountable Officer for CIRCLE’s Customer Complaints Policy and related procedures. Except where special circumstances exist, all complaints unable to be resolved at a local level will be managed by the CIRCLE Executive Leadership Team.
9.0 REVIEW PROCESS
This policy will be reviewed every 3 years and at other times if any significant new information or legislative or organizational change warrants a change to this document.