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This website has been developed and made accessible with a view to encouraging the public availability and the free exchange of information and opinion. Despite the relatively unregulated nature of the Internet, there are nevertheless a few matters which you should bear in mind when visiting our site.

Site content

The Department of Education and Communities site, and any links from it to third-party sites, have been established as an information source and with a view to promoting tolerance, cultural and other diversity in our society. You should, therefore, bear in mind that some material which appears at the Department of Education and Communities site and any linked sites may possibly cause offence or upset to some people. Department of Education and Communities regrets, but can not take responsibility for, any such offence or upset caused.

In the event that you are offended or upset by the material which appears at an Internet website, you are entitled to lodge a complaint with the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA), who will then investigate the complaint and take such action as it thinks fit. If you would like to know more about the ABA’s role in regulating Australian Internet content, you can visit its website at www.acma.gov.au.

Due to the Department of Education and Communities‘ desire to promote a free exchange of opinion and information, it does not necessarily endorse or support the views, opinions, standards or information which appear at this site or any linked sites. You should also not interpret the absence of a link from the site to any other site as a criticism or comment by Department of Education and Communities on the provider or content of that other site.

Unfortunately, Department of Education and Communities can not warrant and does not represent that the material which appears at the Department of Education and Communities site or any linked sites is complete, current, reliable and/or free from error. Department of Education and Communities also can not accept any responsibility or liability for any loss, damage, cost or expense you might incur as a result of the use of or reliance upon the materials which appear at this or any linked sites.

You should be aware that the providers of linked sites will often have their own protocols and standards in relation to their sites and the information which appears at them. We urge you to familiarise yourself with any such protocols and standards.

Copyright

This website contains information, data, documents, pages and images (“the material”) prepared by the Department of Education and Communities (the Department). The material is subject to copyright under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), and it is owned by the State of New South Wales through the Department.

The Department encourages the availability, dissemination and exchange of public information. You may copy, distribute, display, download and otherwise freely deal with the material for any purpose, on the condition that you include the copyright notice “© State of New South Wales through the Department” on all uses.

You must, however, obtain permission from the Department if you wish to:

To obtain such permission, please contact us.

You may publish the material to another website, however if you publish an entire document or publication, we prefer you to make a direct link to this website to ensure that the latest version is always displayed.

This permission does not extend to copyright in the materials on this website that are owned by others (we strongly recommend that you refer to the copyright statements at those sites before making use of the material).


Privacy

This website is maintained by Department of Education and Communities. This Privacy Policy applies to all the publicly accessible pages on the Department of Education and Communities site located at www.communities.nsw.gov.au .

Department of Education and Communities does not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practices of third party sites linked to the Department of Education and Communities site. If you have any questions about the Department of Education and Communities site, or the application of this Privacy Policy or a request for access to information held, please contact:

Level 3, 35 Bridge St, Sydney NSW 2000

Telephone: (02) 8233 1300

Fax: (02) 8233 1310

Users of the Department of Education and Communities site are entitled to expect that any information as a result of that use will be treated within the terms of the New South Wales government’s privacy responsibilities and obligations. The New South Wales government’s privacy practices are regulated by the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. The Act defines personal information as any information or opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent or can be readily identified from the information or opinion.

What information do we collect?

When you look at the pages on the Department of Education and Communities site, our computers automatically record information that identifies, for each page accessed:

Cookies are not used from the Department of Education and Communities site to collect information.

How do we use the information collected?

The information collected during each visit is aggregated with similar logged information and published in reports in order for Department of Education and Communities to identify patterns of usage of the site. This will assist us in improving the Department of Education and Communities site and the services offered on it.

Department of Education and Communities will not disclose or publish information that identifies individual machines, or potentially identifies sub-groupings of addresses, without consent or otherwise in accordance with the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

What exceptions are there to this rule?

Department of Education and Communities will collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances:

Department of Education and Communities reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of the Department of Education and Communities site raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed. In the event of an investigation, Department of Education and Communities will provide access to data to any law enforcement agency that may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.

Is the information stored securely?

Yes. Information collected is stored in an appropriately secure format and held by Department of Education and Communities for archival purposes. When the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected it is deleted.

Department of Education and Communities provides feedback facilities on the Department of Education and Communities site to allow users to comment on the provision of service by the Department. The provision of personal details on feedback is optional.

Users may provide personal details for the purpose of receiving a reply to their feedback. This information will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided. We will not add your email address or name to any mailing list.

Department of Education and Communities may publish aggregated information about feedback on the site, to the extent that it does not identify or cannot be used to identify individual users.

Who else has access to information within the Department?

Department of Education and Communities captures this information on its own computers. Access to the raw data is restricted to a limited number of officers in Department of Education and Communities for the purpose of analysis and to report on the success of the Department of Education and Communities site in meeting communication and access objectives. If you would like to access information held about you by Department of Education and Communities please contact us.

Due to the developing nature of privacy principles for online communication, this policy may be modified or expanded in light of new developments or issues that may arise from time to time. The amended policy will be posted to this site and will operate from the time it is posted.


Accessibility

This site has been developed to ensure content is available to the widest possible audience, including readers using assistive technology or accessibility features. By adhering to guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and abilities of web-users in the community.

Department of Education and Communities strives to maintain conformance to W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

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