The Attorney-General’s Department is subject to the Privacy Act 1988 which requires that we comply with the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) set out in the Act. The IPPs set out how Australian Government agencies should collect, use, store and disclose personal information and how individuals can access records containing their personal information.
General enquiries about the Department’s compliance with the IPPs can be made to the Department’s Privacy Contact Officer. Any complaints about the Department’s personal information handling practices can be made to the Privacy Contact Officer or to the Privacy Commissioner.
The Privacy Contact Officer can be contacted on 02 6141 2660 or by writing to the Department.
General information about the Privacy Act and IPPs can be found on the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s website.
What happens when you visit our website
Protecting your privacy online
The Attorney-General’s Department is committed to protecting privacy online in accordance with the Guidelines for Federal and ACT Government World Wide Websites issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
While every effort is made to secure information transmitted to this site over the internet, there is a possibility that this information could be accessed by a third party while in transit.
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 (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk)
- the address of the referring site (for example, 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, and
- the address of the pages accessed and the documents downloaded.
This information is used only for statistical analysis and systems administration purposes. No attempt is made to identify users or their browsing activities, except in the unlikely event of an investigation by a law enforcement agency.
A cookie is an electronic token that is passed to your browser which passes it back to the server whenever a page is sent to you.
Our server generates one cookie which is used to keep track of the pages you have accessed while using our server. The cookie allows you to navigate back and forwards through the web site and return to pages you have already visited. The cookie exists only for the time you are accessing our server.
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 web site.
Google Analytics uses 'cookies' to help analyse how users use this site. 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 in the United States.
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. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
Search terms you enter when using our search engine are collected, but are not associated with any other information that we collect. We use these search terms to ascertain what people are looking for on our site, and to improve the services that we provide.
Interaction between this site and other sites
This site contains links to other sites. This website may also use social sharing tools to make it easy to share information – for example, incorporating Facebook tools, so that users can ‘Like’ content. These other sites may use web measurement tools, customization technologies and persistent cookies to inform the service they provide to their users.
The Attorney-General's Department is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these sites.
We do not use, maintain or share Personally Identifiable Information (PII) made available through social media sites including Facebook and YouTube. You should consult the privacy policies of these sites for further information.