Privacy

This website is maintained by the New South Wales Government. This Privacy Policy applies to all the publicly accessible pages on this site located this website.

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

FOI and Privacy Co-ordinator
Legal Branch
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001

Ph: (02) 9228 4441

Users of the 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.

What information do we collect?

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

  • the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the machine which has accessed it;
  • your top-level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc.);
  • the address of your server;
  • the date and time of your visit to the site;
  • the pages accessed and documents downloaded;
  • the previous site visited; and
  • the type of browser and operating system you have used.

This site may use "cookies" to gather statistical information that helps us understand what you find interesting and useful on this site.  These cookies are known as your "Unique Visitor Cookie" and identify you only by random number (e.g. #12489).

You can decline our cookies by adjusting the "accept cookies" setting on your browser.

We may also embed a piece of code into some pages of the site.  This gives us statistical site usage information about: 

  • the pages visited;
  • duration of page view,
  • location previous to visiting the Department of Premier and Cabinet site; and
  • the navigation habits of the user.

 We do not use this code to collect any personally identifiable 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 the New South Wales Government to identify patterns of usage of the site. This will assist us in improving this site and the services offered on it.

The New South Wales Government 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 1988.

What exceptions are there to this rule?

The New South Wales Government will collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances:

  • unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published these pages;
  • unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on the site;
  • unauthorised attempts to index the contents of the site by other sites;
  • attempts to intercept messages of other users of the site;
  • communications which are defamatory, abusive, vilify individuals or groups or which give rise to a suspicion that an offence is being committed; and
  • attempts to otherwise compromise the security of the web server, breach the laws of the State of New South Wales or Commonwealth of Australia, or interfere with the enjoyment of the site by other users.

The New South Wales Government reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of this site raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed.

In the event of an investigation, the New South Wales Government 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 the New South Wales Government for archival purposes. When the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected it is deleted.

What will we do with information provided as feedback?

The New South Wales Government provides feedback facilities on this site to allow users to provide input into the future development of the site and to comment on the provision of service by the Government.

Users 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.

The New South Wales Government 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 Government?

Access to the raw data is restricted to a limited number of officers in the Department of Lands (DoL) - our Hosts, and the Department of Premier and Cabinet for the purpose of analysis and to report on the success of the site in meeting the Department's communication and access objectives. If you would like to access information held about you by DoL please contact:

FOI and Privacy Co-ordinator
Legal Branch
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001

Ph: (02) 9228 4441

Will this policy be updated over time?

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.