This website (www.nsw.gov.au) is maintained by various departments of the New South Wales Government.
The departments do not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practices of third-party sites linked to this site.
Users of this website are entitled to expect that any information collected as a result of that use will be treated within the terms of the NSW Government's privacy responsibilities and obligations.
The NSW Government's privacy practices are regulated by the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.
By using this website, applications and services, or otherwise providing us with your information, you acknowledge and agree to us collecting, holding, using and disclosing your personal information as described in this privacy statement.
If you do not wish to be bound by this privacy statement, you should not access or otherwise use this website or services.
Information that we collect
When you look at the pages on this website, 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, documents downloaded and keywords searched on the website
- the previous website visited
- the type of browser and operating system you have used
- the number of screen colours displayed on the device
- the time spent on each page.
Only some of this information may be considered personal information.
We may also collect your personal information if you use the feedback facilities on this website or request a newsletter subscription. See below for “What we do with feedback and form information” and “Newsletter subscriptions”.
How we collect this information
The Department of Customer Service initially hosts and stores information collected from web forms on this website, (including from the web forms of other Departments) and then distributes the information to Departments as required.
'Cookies' are small pieces of text data that a web server can store on, and later retrieve from, a user's computer. They do not personally identify you, but do identify your browser. Cookies can be either 'persistent' or 'session' based. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer, contain an expiration date, and may be used to track your browsing behaviour upon return to the issuing web site. Session cookies are short-lived, are used only during a browsing session, and expire when you shut down your browser.
This website uses persistent cookies.
They record your preferences in relation to your use of the website and provide us with other information about your enquiry that allows us to recognise your browser if you return to this website in the future. This allows the Departments to present information that may be most relevant to you based on your previous visits. They also help the Departments to understand what parts of the website users find the most useful and improve the effectiveness of the website.
The cookies on this website do not read the information on your hard drive. They do not make your computer perform any actions or make your computer send information to any other computer via the internet. The Departments make no attempt to associate cookies with users' names or identities. Our server cannot find out your name or email address, or anything about your computer, by using cookies.
This website uses Google Analytics, a reporting service provided by Google, Inc. (‘Google’) and its subsidiaries. Google Analytics uses ‘cookies’ to help us analyse how users navigate the website. The information generated by cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.
Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. For more details visit Google Analytics Terms of Service.
Meta pixel use
The Departments use Facebook remarketing pixels to aid in customised, targeted follow-up advertising. The Departments may display interest-based ads to you when you are using Facebook through Facebook’s Custom Audience Tool. This tool allows us to personalise our ads based on your interests, demographics, location and any previous interactions with us.
This website (www.nsw.gov.au) uses the Conversion Tracking Meta pixel to allow us to follow your actions once you have been redirected to the website via clicking on one of our Facebook ads. This assists us in recording the effectiveness of Facebook ads for reporting and market research purposes.
The data collected through the Meta pixel and provided to us is aggregated and remains anonymous, meaning that we cannot see the personal information of the individual user. However, the collected data is also saved and processed by Facebook and used in accordance with Facebook’s Data Use Policy.
The Departments may also share information about your use of this website and your interactions with our Facebook ads with our trusted social media, advertising and web analytics partners, including Google Analytics.
Facebook Conversion Tracking also allows Facebook and its partners to show you advertisements on and outside Facebook. A cookie will be saved onto your computer for these purposes.
Visit Facebook Ad Preferences if you wish to revoke your permission.
The information collected during each visit is aggregated with similar logged information and published in reports in order for the Departments to identify patterns of usage of the website. This will assist us in improving this website and the services offered on it.
Feedback that is received from you through the website will be used according to what we do with feedback and form information. Personal information collected through your request for newsletter subscriptions will be used according to the newsletter subscriptions.
The Departments 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.
Other uses and disclosures
The Departments will collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances:
- unauthorised attempts to access files that are not published on this website (www.nsw.gov.au) pages;
- unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on this website;
- unauthorised attempts to index the contents of this website by other websites;
- attempts to intercept messages of other users of this website;
- 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 website by other users.
Each of the departments reserve the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of this website raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed.
In the event of an investigation, each of the Departments will provide access to data to any law enforcement agency that may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.
What we do with feedback and form information
Personal information may be requested to enable follow-up for more details, for the purpose of providing a reply to your feedback, if requested. Providing personal information to us is voluntary. However, if you do not provide contact details we will not have any way of communicating with you. The information you provide will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected.
We will not add your email address or name to any mailing list.
Each Department may disclose personal information to contracted service providers who may have a role in processing form information or responding to feedback.
Each Department may publish aggregated information about feedback on the website, to the extent that it does not identify or cannot be used to identify individual users.
Each of the Departments requests your email address, name and postcode so that we can provide you with regular updates through an email newsletter.
For the same purpose, the Departments may provide this information to a service provider contracted to distribute the email newsletter.
The Departments will not disclose your personal information to anybody else unless we are required to do so by law - for example if the information is needed in an emergency or for a law enforcement purpose.
Providing us with the requested information is voluntary. However, if you choose not to provide us with the requested information, we cannot send you the email newsletter.
The email newsletter is offered as an ‘opt in’ subscription. You can 'opt out' at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter.
You may request access to your information at any time. To access, update or correct your personal information, or for more information on our privacy obligations, ask to speak to a Privacy Officer.
Security of information collection and storage
Yes. Information collected is stored in an appropriately secure format and held by the departments for archival purposes. When the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected it is deleted.
Who else has access to information
The Departments capture this information on its own computers and through the use of third-party analytical software such as Google Analytics and Siteimprove. Access to the raw data is restricted to a limited number of officers in each of the Departments and our service providers contracted for the purpose of analysis and to report on the success of the website in meeting the Departments' communication and access objectives.
If you would like to access, update or correct your personal information held by the Departments, please contact:
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 website and will operate from the time it is posted.