The Department of Finance seeks to adhere to the Guidelines for Federal and ACT Government World Wide Websites developed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. In particular Finance seeks to comply with the Information Privacy Principles (see Glossary below) in the Privacy Act 1988 (a copy of the Act is available at COMLAW the legal information retrieval system owned by the Attorney General's Department).
This page explains the type of information that is collected by Finance, how such information is used, and under what circumstances and to whom it may be disclosed. If you have any privacy concerns, you should direct them to admin [at] sellingtogov.net.au
Your email address
Finance will only have your email address in the event that you send a message by email and request that we contact via that email. If you do not want a response please indicate that in your email. Responses via the Have Your Say tab are not identifiable by email unless the email address is included.
Your email address will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and will not be added to any mailing lists without your prior consent which Finance will seek by way of a specific request in writing. Finance will not use or disclose your email address for any other purpose, without your prior written consent.
When you visit this website, our Internet servers record that a visit was made and logs the following information for statistical purposes:
- the user's server address (not email);
- the user's top level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc);
- the date and time of the visit to the site;
- the pages accessed and documents downloaded;
- the previous site visited; and
- the type of browser used.
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 the Internet Service Provider's logs.
In addition to web server logs, this website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Reports obtained from Google Analytics are used to help improve the efficiency and usability of this website.
Google Analytics uses 'cookies' to gather statistics about how the website is accessed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers located outside Australia.
Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling 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 such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.
A cookie is a small file sent by the web server onto the user's web browser software when the user accesses this website. An explanation of cookies generally can be found at the site of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
Some parts of this website may use a cookie to maintain contact through a session. The cookie allows the server to recognise you as an individual as you move from one page of this website to another. This cookie will expire on the close of your browser session or on the closing down of your computer. This information is analysed to show broken links in our website, bottlenecks, and other site problems. We use this information to redesign for efficiency of use. No attempt will be made to identify anonymous users or their browsing activities unless legally compelled to do so, such as in the event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the Internet Service Provider's log files.
How we collect information
The Internet is an insecure medium and users should be aware that there are inherent risks transmitting information across the Internet. Information submitted unencrypted via email or web forms may be at risk of being intercepted, read or modified.
If Information is provided to Finance it will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and unless authorised by law, not disclosed to any other party unless your written consent has been obtained.
This site contains links to other sites. Finance is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.