Privacy Statement

ARPANSA is committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with the Privacy Commissioner’s Guidelines for Federal World Wide Websites. The guidelines set out the requirements for transparent collection, appropriate and ethical use and secure storage of personal information. Our aim is to provide an online environment which will ensure the information you provide to us is handled in a secure, efficient and confidential manner.

Information collection and privacy protection

This statement outlines our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website. These practices are made in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988(SCALEplus).

Your email address

ARPANSA will only record your email address in the event that you send us a message by email or if you register requesting notifications. Registration for notifications may be made initially by email, postal mail or facsimile. Your email address will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and will not be added to any mailing lists without your prior consent by way of a specific request in writing. We will not use or disclose your email address for any other purpose, without your prior written consent.

Security level

The ARPANSA website has been tested to an advanced level of site security, and for Year 2000 compliance.


ARPANSA uses a 'cookie' for maintaining contact with a user through a web site session. A cookie is a small file supplied by ARPANSA and stored by the web browser software on your computer when you access the ARPANSA site. (An explanation of cookies generally can be found at the site of the Australian Privacy Commissioner). The cookie allows ARPANSA to recognise you as an individual as you move from one page to another.

This cookie will be immediately lost when you end your internet session and shut down your computer. Our copy of your information will be automatically deleted twenty minutes after you last used the system. This information is only used to help you use our web site systems more efficiently, not to track your movements through the internet, or to record private information about you.

Any system on this web site that records information about you will specifically ask your permission first.

ARPANSA makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes:

  1. the user's server address
  2. the user's top level domain name
  3. the date and time of access to the site
  4. pages accessed and documents downloaded
  5. the previous site visited

This information is analysed to show broken links in our web site, bottlenecks, and other site problems. We use this information to redesign for efficiency of use.

No attempt will be made to identify anonymous users or their browsing activities unless legally compelled to do so, such as in the event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect our web server log files.

Personal information

Information provided through the ARPANSA web site will comply with Information Privacy Principles, and particularly principles 1 to 3 and 10 and 11.

Queries, concerns and further information

If you have any queries, concerns or require further information relating to privacy and ARPANSA, you are invited to contact us by email.