Terms and conditions

This page contains important information should you decide to interact on the State of the Service website. If you have any further questions please contact us.

Terms of Use

It is expected that if you post a comment on this website that you observe the Australian Public Service Acceptable Use Policy, in addition to the other conditions set out below.

For all APS employees wishing to engage on our page, please remember that you must abide by the APS Code of Conduct.

Moderation policy

Blog comments are pre-moderated to check if they comply with the Terms of Use and if necessary the APS Code of Conduct.

Users agree to comply with these Terms of Use. This blog is moderated to ensure that spam or comments that breach the Terms of Use are not published.

When commenting please make sure:

  • Your comments are relevant or on-topic
  • Your comments are not inflammatory, unreasonable or obscene
  • Your comments do not bring the APS or the Commission into disrepute
  • You are civil and respectful of others and their opinions (including not impersonating anyone and not posting someone’s personal information without their permission)
  • Your behaviour is in line with relevant laws

We will not edit comments found in breach of the terms. Those in breach of the terms of use will not have their comments published.

Privacy Statement

The purpose of this statement is to advise users of this website what information is collected and how it is used.

This statement applies to the State of the Service Research and Analysis page only. The State of the Service Research and Analysis page is managed by the Australian Public Service Commission.

Important information

This website is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including the Australian Privacy Principles.

We also follow the Guidelines for Federal and ACT government websites issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Personal information

We will only record your personal information if you comment on the State of the Service page or send us an email (stateoftheservice@apsc.gov.au). If you wish to comment on the State of the Service page, you do not have to include your actual details; you are welcome to post under a pseudonym or you can simply comment without providing any details.

If you provide this information you are providing consent to publish this information publicly on the page.

WordPress may also collect potentially personally-identifying information, for further information please read the WordPress Privacy Policy.

Other than circumstances such as unlawful activity or serious threats to health and safety, we do not share personal information.

Analytics

If you visit this website the following information will be recorded by Google Analytics for statistical purposes:

  • Your server address and associated country
  • Your top level domain name (eg .gov, .com, .edu, .org, .au, .nz etc)
  • The pages you accessed and the documents you downloaded
  • The search terms you used
  • The date and time you visited the site
  • The previous site you visited
  • Your operating system (eg Windows, Mac)
  • The type of browser you use (eg Internet Explorer).

This information is used to analyse the functionality and improve our services.

Cookies

To improve your experience on our site, we may use ‘cookies’. Cookies are an industry standard and most major websites use them. A cookie is a small text file that our site may place on your computer as a tool to remember your preferences. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Our website may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. When you go to other websites from this site, we advise you to be aware that they have a different privacy policy.

Copyright

Presentation of the default license on the website

The website will reproduce the default license as follows.

© Commonwealth of Australia (date of publication)

All material produced by the Australian Public Service Commission (the Commission) constitutes Commonwealth copyright administered by the Commission. The Commission reserves the right to set out the terms and conditions for the use of such material.

Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, and those explicitly granted below, all other rights are reserved.

Unless otherwise noted, all material on this website, except the Commission logo or badge, the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, and any material protected by a trade mark, is licensed under a Creative Commons BY Attribution 3.0 Australia licence.

Creative commons large image that denotes except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. or Creative commons small image that denotes except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license

Details of the licence are available at the Creative Commons website.

Attributing Commission works

Use of Commission material licensed under a Creative Commons BY Attribution 3.0 Australia licence requires you to attribute the work in the manner specified by the Commission (but not in any way that suggests that the Commission endorses you or your use of the work). Almost any form of words is fine provided that you:

  • provide a reference to the publication and, where practical, the relevant pages
  • make clear whether or not you have changed Commission content
  • make clear what permission you are relying on, by including a reference to this page or to a human-readable summary of the Creative Commons BY Attribution 3.0 Australia licence
  • do not suggest that the Commission endorses you or your use of our content.

For example, if you have not changed Commission content in any way, you might state: ‘Sourced from the Australian Public Service Commission publication [name of publication]. This material is licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons BY Attribution 3.0 Australia licence.’

If you have made changes to Commission content, it would be more accurate to describe it as ‘based on Australian Public Service Commission content’ instead of ‘sourced from the Australian Public Service Commission’.

Website content where alternative Creative Commons licenses apply

In a small number of cases alternative Creative Commons licenses may apply to particular documents on this website. Details will be provided on the relevant pages.

Contact us

If you have any further questions please contact us at stateoftheservice@apsc.gov.au.