Copyright and disclaimer

Copyright of the content on this site

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The Department of Home Affairs (this department) encourages the dissemination and exchange of information provided on this website.

The Commonwealth owns the copyright in all material produced by this department.

All material presented on this website is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence, with the exception of:

  • the Commonwealth Coat of Arms

  • this department’s logos

  • materials specifically not provided under a Creative Commons attribution 3.0 Australia licence

  • content supplied by third parties.

The details of the relevant licence conditions are available on the Creative Commons website, as is the full legal code for the CC BY 3.0 AU licence.
See: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia


Material obtained from this website is to be attributed to this department as either:

  • source: Department of Home Affairs

  • source: Home Affairs


Third party copyright

Wherever a third party holds copyright in material presented on this website, the copyright remains with that party. Their permission may be required to use the material.

This department has made all reasonable efforts to:

  • clearly label material where the copyright is owned by a third party

  • ensure that the copyright owner has consented to this material being presented on this website.

Using the Commonwealth Coat of Arms

The terms of use for the Coat of Arms are available from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

See here.


The Department of Home Affairs's logo and the TIS National logo are registered trademarks of the Commonwealth of Australia.

The logo must not be used without the prior, specific, written permission of the Commonwealth of Australia. If you wish to seek permission, please contact the department.

For all copyright and trademark enquiries please use the following contact details:

Communications and Media Branch

For all other enquiries

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Conditions of use

By using this website you accept the following conditions:

  • The Commonwealth of Australia accepts no responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of any of the information contained on or accessed through this website and makes no representations about its suitability for any particular purpose.

  • We make every effort to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and comprehensive. However, the information is only intended as a basic guide to relevant laws, and does not address the complexities of particular circumstances.

  • You should seek independent advice about your individual circumstances.

  • To the extent permitted by law, the Commonwealth excludes all liability for loss or damage arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information contained on or accessed through this website whether or not caused by any negligence on the part of the Commonwealth or its agents.

  • We make every effort to ensure that links on this site are kept up-to-date. The currency of the links is dependent upon the owners of those sites letting us know of any changes. If you find a link that does not work, please contact us.

Please contact us by telephone or via the online feedback form.

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Information or materials which are offensive, pornographic, unsuitable for minors' access or otherwise of a criminal or violent nature may be accessible through this site either as a result of hacking or material  placed on linked websites.

The Commonwealth makes no representations as to the suitability of the information accessible for viewing by minors or any other person.

You assume all risks associated with use of the web site, including:

  • risk of your computer, software or data being damaged by any virus which might be transmitted or activated via the website or your access to it

  • or the risk that the content of this website and linked web sites complies with the laws of any country outside Australia.

Your use of this website will be logged for the purpose of security and usage monitoring. For further information refer to the website's Privacy statement.

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Unauthorised use of this website could result in criminal prosecution.

This website is hosted on a web server in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

These terms are governed by the law in force in the ACT and any dispute about these terms or the contents of this web site are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the ACT and the courts of appeal from them.