Copyright, Disclaimer & Privacy


© State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) 2002 (First published 1995).

This website and its contents including pages, documents, on-line graphics, audio and video are subject to copyright under the laws of Australia and, through international treaties, other countries. The copyright is owned by the State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), or in the case of some materials, third parties.

You may view the contents of this website and save an electronic copy, download, or print all or part of this website for educational purposes, or for your own information, research or study: but only if you (a) do not modify the copy from how it appears on DE&T’s website; and (b) include the copyright notice “© State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) 2002″ on the copy.

All other use requires permission. This permission may be sought at the Online Publishing Unit by emailing the SOFWeb Team

Permission, if given, will be subject to conditions that will include a requirement that the copyright owner’s name, State of Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development be acknowledged when the material is reproduced or quoted, either in whole or in part.

Third party sites
The documents posted on this server contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for the user’s convenience. The State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to particular items in hypertext is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites. You access those sites and use their products and services solely at your own risk.

Privacy Statement

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DE&ECD) is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information, This DE&T Online Privacy Statement governs the collection, storage, use, access and disposal of data including all personal information obtained on DE&T web sites. Please take some time to read through this statement and understand our position on privacy.

This privacy statement will be updated from time to time so please visit this page regularly.

This Privacy Statement does not apply to linked websites that are not DE&ECD sites.  When you link to another site we recommend you read the privacy statement of that site.

DE&ECD has an information privacy policy and handles personal information in accordance with the Victorian Privacy laws: the Information Privacy Act 2000 and Health Records Act 2001. This policy is available on request.

Collection of Information
Two types of online data is collected by DE&ECD;

  1. Visitor logs and statistics
  2. Information provided by users through online forms, registration, databases and feedback.

Visitor logs and statistics
DE&ECD sites gather statistics on users’ online experience.

Information collected includes:

  • Visitor server addresses and domains
  • The times and dates the site was visited
  • The pages visitors accessed and files downloaded
  • Visitors’ browsers and operating systems

The main purpose for collecting this information is to provide statistical information used for web-site and system administration.  The information does not identify individual users but does identify the computer that is used to access our sites.

Logged information is not disclosed outside of DE&ECD staff or those under contract to conduct maintenance to web server components.  We make no attempt to identify individuals from these records unless it is necessary to the investigation of a breach of law.

User Information
Some DE&ECD sites require visitors to provide personal information when they engage in online activities such as subscribing to conferences, participating in DE&ECD email discussion groups, registering online for education activities, completing online forms and feedback. Personal information collected may include a visitor’s first and last name, postal address, e-mail address, employer, job title and department, telephone and fax numbers.

Any personal information collected is used for the purpose of providing on-line services and monitoring these. All DE&ECD staff have a legal duty to protect the privacy of your personal information and ensure it is used only for the purpose to which you have agreed.  DE&ECD does not make available users’ personal information to other organisations or individuals. Personal information is handled in accordance with Victorian privacy legislation and is stored and disposed of in accordance with DE&ECD’s Record Keeping Policy.  Please contact DE&ECD Online Publishing Unit on 61-3-9637 2829 if you would like more information.

DE&ECD does not guarantee secure transmission of data transmitted via its websites.  If you have any concerns about providing the personal information asked for please call DE&ECD Online Publishing Unit on 61-3-9637 2829 and we can make arrangements to suit you.

Do not provide any secure personal information online such as a password or credit card number or information that you wish to keep confidential.

If you would like to access your personal information or to amend or correct it collected please contact DE&T Online Publishing Unit on 61-3-9637 2829.

Use of Authenticated DE&ECD sites
DE&ECD secure sites, which require a username and password for access verification gather information on a user’s online experiences, through the use of a visitors username.. Please keep your access codes secure and do not share them.

Use of Cookies
Cookies are small text files which are generated by our servers and stored onto your computer. They allow us to recognise when you return to certain sites and allow us to register user preferences.

DE&ECD does not generally build websites that involve the use of cookies. Where a DE&ECD site uses cookies, this will be indicated within the privacy statement on that site.

On DE&ECD sites that do use cookies, a cookie is sent from our server and automatically placed on your computer without notification. Personal preferences or information may be stored in the cookie which is then sent back to the server on completion of the session. Cookies may be turned off within your browser, however, this may make some sites unusable.

More information on cookies can be found on Cookie Central (

Online Privacy Statement Comments
DE&ECD welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Statement. If you believe that any DE&ECD division, site, or employee has not adhered to this Statement please contact DE&ECD by mail, fax, or email.

Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
Online Publishing Unit – SOFWeb
Level 2, 2 Treasury Place
East Melbourne  VIC 3002
Fax: 61-3-9637 3447

For further information regarding Privacy, view the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000


This site has been compiled from information obtained from sources within the State of Victoria (Department of Education & Early Childhood Development), and is subject to change without notice. The State of Victoria (Department of Education & Early Childhood Development) has used its best endeavours to ensure that the Information is correct and current at the time of publication but takes no responsibility for any error, omission or defect therein.

To the extent permitted by law, the State of Victoria (Department of Education & Early Childhood Development) and its employees, agents and consultants exclude all liability for any loss or damage (including indirect, special or consequential loss or damage) arising from the use of, or reliance on, the Information whether or not caused by any negligent act or omission. If any law prohibits the exclusion of such liability, the Department limits its liability to the extent permitted by law, to the resupply of the Information.

Readers should rely on their own enquiries in making decisions touching their own or any other person’s interest.

Disclaimer – Downloadable Documents
The Department of Education & Early Childhood Development makes available to you the provision to download particular documents, on the conditions set out below. If you do not agree with these conditions, then you should not download the material.

1.      The information is provided on the basis that upon downloading you will conduct such virus scanning and other checks as may be necessary to ensure that the downloaded material will not corrupt in any way your data, software or systems or those of any other person.

2.      You acknowledge and agree that the Department will not be under any liability to you for any loss or damage including consequential loss or damage however caused, whether by negligence or otherwise, that arises in any way from the use of the downloaded material.

3.      If you provide the downloaded material to another party, then you should bring to the attention of that other party these conditions and only provide the downloaded material on the same conditions as those on which the original downloaded material was provided to you by the Department via SOFWeb.

Discussion Groups & Chat
This site includes among its services discussion forums and comment areas in which users are invited to submit comments. In some cases, personal identifier information such as name or E-mail address is requested or required. This information is posted for public access along with the submitted comments and messages which it accompanies. The State of Victoria (Department of Education & Early Childhood Development) endeavours to prevent improper use of the discussion forums and chat areas but the Department will not be under any liability for any consequential damage however caused. The State of Victoria (Department of Education & Early Childhood Development) may terminate the Users access to SOFWeb immediately if the User breaches any provision of this notice.

Use of information
Any information, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques provided by, or obtained from, you or your use of SOFWeb’s web-site shall be deemed to be non-confidential and SOFWeb shall be free to reproduce, use, disclose and distribute the information to others without limitation.

Applicable law
This web-site (excluding any linked third party sites) is controlled by the State of Victoria (Department of Education & Early Childhood Development) from its offices at 2/2 Treasury Place, East Melbourne, VIC 3001. By accessing this site, you accept that any disputes about this web-site or its contents are to be determined by the courts having jurisdiction in Victoria in accordance with the laws in force in Victoria (except any principle of conflict of laws inconsistent with this requirement).

This web-site may be accessed throughout Australia and overseas. The State of Victoria (Department of Education & Early Childhood Development) makes no representation that the content of this web-site complies with the laws (including intellectual property laws) of any country outside Australia. If you access this site from outside Australia, you do so on your own responsibility and are responsible for ensuring compliance with all laws in the place where you are located.

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