This web site is presented by Defence for the purpose of disseminating information for the benefit of the public. Defence does not guarantee, and accepts no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained on this website or on any linked site.
The Freedom of Information Act provides legal protection where information has been published in good faith in the belief that publication was either required or permitted under the Information Publication Scheme. The protection applies to the Commonwealth, a Minister, an Agency or an Officer of an Agency. The scope of the protection is that no action lies for defamation, breach of confidence or infringement of copyright or (as to ministers and agency officers) for criminal liability.
These protections complement the policy objective of the Act, of providing a secure framework for publication of Australian Government information to the public. The protections are conditional, and apply only where a minister or agency officer publishes a document in good faith in the belief that the publication was required or permitted under the Act.
Upon visiting a Defence public website, the following information is captured in a cloud based application. It is used for statistical purposes and to investigate data breaches.
- the visitor's machine unique internet protocol (IP) address
- the date and time of the visit to the site
- the type of website browser used to view the site
- the referral source that linked to the Defence website
- the pages accessed and documents downloaded.
Upon sending an email to an @defence.gov.au email address, the senders email address and the content of the email will be retained on the Defence email servers for the purpose of responding to your enquiry and taking subsequent action. Your email address will not be added to a mailing list unless supplied for that reason.
Upon submitting a web form on a Defence public website, the data is forwarded to an @defence.gov.au email address and is retained on the web server for 24 hours to ensure receipt.
In some instances content is removed when it no longer provides useful information to audiences, is outdated or no longer accurate.
The National Archives of Australia provides advice on the archival requirements for Australian Government websites.
All content that has been removed from Defence websites can be found via the Australian Government Web Archive.
Information can also be accessed via freedom of information requests.
Content and design
Audience experiences are designed to adhere to the Australian Government Style Manual and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. This ensures that information accessible, concise and easy to understand.
When content is moved, the menu and breadcrumb is updated and a URL redirect is implemented. This provides continued accessibility via search or direct link.
This website contains links to other web sites that are external to Defence. Defence takes reasonable care in linking web sites but has no direct control over the content of the linked sites, or the changes that may occur to the content on those sites. Links to external web sites do not constitute an endorsement or a recommendation of any material on those sites or of any third party products or services offered by, from or through those sites.