The SCAR GSSG web site is housed on the
Geoscience Australia web server and
as such has responsibilities to inform web users of the policy in relation to
copyright, disclaimer and privacy issues.
The material on this website is provided for general information only and
should not be relied upon for any particular purpose. It is made available on
the understanding that the Commonwealth is not thereby engaged in rendering
professional advice. Please contact Geoscience Australia before taking any
action based on material on this website.
In some cases the material may incorporate or summarise views, guidelines or
recommendations of third parties. Such material is assembled in good faith,
but does not necessarily reflect the considered views of the Commonwealth, or
indicate a commitment to a particular course of action.
Links to other websites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute
endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation,
product or service.
Maps and images on this website are not intended for navigation or to
precisely locate any particular feature
Browsing any web-site, including the SCAR GSSG site, generates a
trail of the pages that are visited, and the time apparently spent displaying
each page. Clickstreams are the paths a user takes when navigating a web site
and the internet in general.
When you visit our site, our servers may record the following information for
the user's server (IP) address and machine name;
the date and time of visit to the site;
the pages accessed and documents downloaded;
the number of bytes transmitted and received for each request;
the address of the referring page visited;
search terms used; and
the type of browser used.
Geoscience Australia examines this information to determine the traffic
through the server, and to specific pages or applications, and in order to
deliver better services.
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 server logs.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information
about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally
identifiable information while on our site. Geoscience Australia uses only
session ID cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser,
the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored
on the user's hard drive for an extended period of time. Cookies can be easily
blocked on your computer by simply un-checking the "accept cookies" option in
your web browser. This can be found under the options menu of your Netscape
Navigator or Microsoft Explorer browser software.
Use and Protection
We will only record your email address if you send us a message, or if you
subscribe to an e-mail list. Your email address will only be used for the
purpose for which you provided it. We will not use your email address for
any other purpose, and will not disclose it, without your consent.
Any personal details submitted via the Geoscience Australia website will
only be used for the purpose for which they are provided. We will not use
your personal details for any other purpose, and will not disclose them,
without your consent.
Information given during the course of online purchases and product orders
may be used to determine your liability to Australian GST on the items
purchased or ordered.
If you have concerns about sending information over the web, please visit
our contacts page
for alternative methods of submitting information (mail, fax etc).
feedback from our users
in order to improve the service offered by our site. Answering feedback
questions is voluntary and does not in any way affect your access to the
Geoscience Australia site.
The staff who operate the Geoscience Australia Website, and most
Commonwealth government agencies, are subject to the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988
The Internet is not a secure network, and as such, information you send may be
intercepted by others. Geoscience Australia (but not the SCAR GSSG component) runs a secure website
for transferring all sensitive information.
Secure server technology reduces but does not eliminate the risks of
sending information over the Internet.
If you are sending private information you should check that you are linked
to a secure server. You can do this in two ways:
Check that the web address in your browser starts with https rather
than just http.
If you can't find the web address, then most web browsers will display a
usually at the bottom of the page. If the site is insecure some browsers may
show an open padlock .
You should check your browser's help facility for further information on security.
Information you send us is stored behind our firewall.
Any of your information, (apart from usage logs), that is on our server
outside the firewall is always encrypted, and moved inside the firewall
at the earliest opportunity.