Privacy Statement

Protecting your privacy online

The Department of Finance (Finance) is committed to protecting privacy online in accordance with the Guidelines for Federal and ACT Government WebsitesExternal Site issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.  Finance complies with Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988External Site.

This page explains the type of information that is collected by Finance, how such information is used, and under what circumstances and to whom it may be disclosed. If you have any privacy concerns, you should direct them to the webmaster by emailing or by writing to:

Finance Webmaster
Department of Finance
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Information collected

While every effort is made to secure information transmitted to Finance websites over the internet, there is a possibility that this information could be accessed by a third party while in transit.

Your email address

Finance will only record your email address in the event that you send a message by email or if you register requesting notifications. If you do not want your email address to be recorded by Finance you can send postal mail to the address above.

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 which Finance will seek by way of a specific request in writing. Finance will not use or disclose your email address for any other purpose, without your prior written consent.

Clickstream data

When you visit this website, our Internet servers make a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes:

  • the user's server address;
  • the user's top level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc);
  • the date and time of the visit to the site;
  • the pages accessed and documents downloaded;
  • the previous site visited; and
  • the type of browser used.

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 the Internet Service Provider's logs.

Google Analytics

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 website.

Google Analytics uses 'cookies' to gather statistics about how the website is accessed. 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 located outside Australia. 

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.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google's Privacy PolicyExternal Site and for the purposes set out above. You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable javascript, or use the opt-out serviceExternal Site provided by Google.


A cookie is a small file sent by the Department of Finance's web server onto the user's web browser software when the user accesses this website. An explanation of cookies generally can be found at the site of the Office of the Australian Information CommissionerExternal Site.

Some parts of this website may use a cookie to maintain contact through a session. The cookie allows Finance to recognise you as an individual as you move from one page of this website to another. This cookie will expire on the close of your browser session or on the closing down of your computer. Our copy of your information will be automatically deleted within 24 hours after you last access the website. This information is analysed to show broken links in our website, 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 the Internet Service Provider's log files.

How we collect information

The Internet is an insecure medium and users should be aware that there are inherent risks transmitting information across the Internet. Information submitted unencrypted via email or web forms may be at risk of being intercepted, read or modified. If you do not wish to email or send an online form to the Department of Finance you can send a postal mail to the address above.

Information disclosed

Information provided to Finance will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and unless authorised by law, not disclosed to any other party unless your written consent has been obtained.

Graduate application information is sent to Finance's Human Resource Services for assessment and will not be made available to any other party and will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected.


Finance has controls in place to protect the information we collect and store, from loss, unauthorised access or disclosure and any other misuse.  Details are provided in the Department of Finance Privacy Policy.

Other sites

This site contains links to other sites. Finance is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Further information


Australian Privacy Principles (or APPs) - 13 principles established under section 14 of the Privacy Act 1988.  Commonwealth agencies must comply with the APPs in their handling of personal information in their possession.

Domain name - The code for the country or type of internet connection a user comes from, such as '.com' '.gov' '.au' '.uk'

Information Privacy Principles - 11 principles established under section 14 of the Privacy Act 1988. Commonwealth and ACT government agencies must comply with these principles in their handling of personal information in their possession. The principles can be accessed at COMLAW [External Site], the legal information retrieval system owned by the Attorney General's Department [External Site].

Internet Service Provider - A company or organisation that provides access to the internet for users.

Law enforcement agency - An agency of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory such as the Australian Federal police, which exercises powers such as executing a warrant to seize documentation or goods or to search premises etc.

Notification - Automatic advice of new or updated material available via Department of Finance, provided to a user who registers for this service.

Contact for information on this page: Finance Web Manager at:

Last updated: 14 December 2015