Open Government Partnership – Australia

Contact & Colophon

The Open Government Partnership Australia website is run by the Public Data Branch in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Contact

Please contact us at ogp@pmc.gov.au. Join the OGPau mailing list to keep up to date with news and events.

Accessibility

The OGP Au blog aims to meet the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) web standard, endorsed by the Australian Government.

The majority of content on this blog is text based. Images have alternative text and are often described further in surrounding information.

Copyright

With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms and where otherwise noted, all material presented in this blog is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. The details of the relevant licence conditions are available on the Creative Commons website (accessible using the links provided) as is the full legal code for the CC BY 3.0 AU licence.

When you submit a comment to this website, you retain copyright in it. By submitting a comment to this website you agree to make it available to the rest of the world under the same Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence as above. If you have made a comment unaware of this policy and you are unhappy about it, please contact us and we can remove your comment from our system.

The terms under which the Coat of Arms can be used are detailed on the It's an Honour website.

Moderation policy and process

We don’t want to hinder any conversations that are taking place on this blog. The moderation process helps ensure that spam or comments that breach the terms of use (below) are not published. We aim to publish most comments immediately. To help us do this, please make sure:

  • Your comments are relevant or on-topic;
  • Your comments are not inflammatory, unreasonable or obscene;
  • You are civil and respectful of others and their opinions (including not impersonating anyone and not posting someone’s personal information without their permission); and
  • Your behaviour is in line with relevant laws.

This blog uses a post-moderation process: your comment is basically published immediately – after going through some automated system checks.

The first is a human verification step to deter spam bots: when you submit a comment, you are asked to include a user name and an email address. You don’t have to include your actual details; you may post under a pseudonym.

Offensive language is automatically checked by the system and comments with many links in them may be automatically held for moderation (links being a major part of most comment spam). Comments being held in the system are manually checked by a moderator to determine if the comment should be published, edited or deleted. The same manual process is applied to a published comment found to have breached the terms of use. If a comment is edited, we will include a reference so you can tell.

In most cases, we’ll close comments on posts after 3 months. This is primarily to block spam comments from appearing on older posts; if you wish to provide feedback on or discuss an older post, please let us know.

If we make a mistake, again please let us know and we will deal with it as quickly as we can.

Terms of use

Your use of this blog is deemed to be your acceptance of these Terms of Use. Please read them carefully.

Lawful purposes

You agree to use this blog only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this blog by any third party. This includes conduct which is unlawful or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person, the transmission of obscene or offensive content or disruption to this blog.

You must not post or transmit via this blog any unlawful, defamatory, obscene, offensive or scandalous material, or any material that constitutes or encourages conduct that would contravene any law.

Security

We strive to protect comments and information you provide on this blog. We will use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that your comments and information are not compromised. However, we cannot guarantee that no Harmful Code will enter this blog. You should be aware of the risks associated with using websites. We recommend that you use appropriate and up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software to protect your computer systems.

General

These Terms of Use are governed by the laws of the Australian Capital Territory, Australia and you agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Australian Capital Territory.

If any of these Terms of Use are held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the remaining Terms of Use will continue in full force. These Terms of Use do not negate any Terms or Conditions that apply to your use of any other government website. We may revise these Terms and Conditions from time to time.

Please contact us if you have any questions, problems or feedback regarding this blog.

Privacy

This statement applies to this website only. This website is managed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Personal information

We will only record your personal information if you comment on this website's blog posts or send us an email. If you wish to comment on this website's blog posts, you will be asked to provide a name and email address. You do not have to include your actual details; you are welcome to post under a pseudonym and include a non-existent email address. You also have the option of creating a govspace login and using this when providing comments. If you visit our website to read or download information, we record the following information for statistical purposes:

  • Your server address and associated country;
  • Your top level domain name (e.g. .gov, .com, .edu, .org, .au, .nz, etc);
  • The pages you accessed and the documents you downloaded;
  • The search terms you used;
  • The date and time you visited the website;
  • The previous website you visited;
  • Your operating system (e.g. Windows, Mac); and
  • The type of browser you use (e.g. Internet Explorer).

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this website. The information we obtain from Google Analytics helps us understand user needs so that we can offer a better user-experience.

Google Analytics uses cookies to collect information about which pages you visit, how long you are on the website, how you got there (e.g. from a search engine, a link, an advertisement, etc.) and what you select. Information collected by the cookies (including your IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google's Privacy Policy and for the purposes set out above. You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google.

Uses

We only use your personal information for the purposes for which you gave it to us. Your personal information will not be added to a mailing list, or used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent. We analyse non-identifiable, aggregated website traffic data to help us improve the structure and functionality of this website. No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs. We do not share information about you with other government agencies or organisations without your permission, unless it:

  • is necessary to provide you with a service that you have requested;
  • is required or authorised by law; or
  • will prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to somebody’s health.

All information is stored and archived for a period of at least 12 months and possibly up to 7 years, in line with our recordkeeping obligations.

Cookies

Cookies are pieces of information that a website can transfer to an individual's computer. These can be used to help personalise a website, manage visitor sessions or collect website use data. We use cookies to help collect website use and traffic data, record user access preferences and, if selected, to allow you to save your login details (“Remember Me”). You can change your web browser settings to reject cookies or to prompt you each time a website wishes to add a cookie to your browser. In spite of our efforts to reduce the impact, some functionality on the website may be affected by this.

Your choices

You may gain access to the personal information about you that we hold. You can have us correct any errors or delete the information we have about you. You may opt out of any further contact from us. To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, we may have to gain evidence of your identity before we can give you access to information about you or change it.

Important information

This website is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including the Australian Privacy Principles. We also follow the Digital Service Standard issued by the Digital Transformation Agency.