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What happens when you visit our website

Information logged

When you visit this site, our server logs the following information:

  • the type of browser and operating system you are using
  • your top level domain name, such as .com, .gov, .au, .uk
  • the address of the referring site, such as the previous site that you visited
  • your server's IP address, a number which is unique to the machine through which you are connected to the internet—usually one of your service provider's machines
  • the date and time of your visit
  • the address of the pages accessed and the documents downloaded.

We use this information for statistical analysis and systems administration purposes. We do not identify users or their individual browsing activities, except in the unlikely event of an investigation by a law enforcement agency.


Cookies are electronic tokens that pass between your browser and our server whenever access our website.

Our server generates one cookie. It is used to keep track of the pages you access while using our server. The cookie allows you to navigate back and forwards through our web site and return to pages you already visited. The cookie only tracks your interactions with our website.

Google Analytics

In addition to web server logs, this website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. We use reports obtained from Google Analytics to help improve the efficiency and usability of this web site.

Google Analytics uses 'cookies' to help analyse how you use this site. The information generated by cookies (including your IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

Google use this information to evaluate your use of our website, and to compile reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google does not associate your IP address with any other data. Please refer to Google's Privacy Policy.

You can opt out of the collection of the above-mentioned information using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.


We collect the search terms you enter when using our search engine. We do not associate search terms with any other information we collect. We use search terms to ascertain what information people are looking for on our site.

Interaction between this site and other sites

This site contains links to other sites. The Australian Government is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these sites.

Personal information

To find out more about how we protect any personal information provided to us, and who to contact if you have a privacy enquiry or complaint, read our Privacy Policy.