Terms of Use

Introduction

The Victorian Government Data Directory www.data.vic.gov.au (site) is your online access point to Victorian Government data. This site is operated on behalf of the government of the State of Victoria, Australia by the Department of State Development Business and Innovation. In these Terms of Use the words "we", "us" and "our" refer to the State of Victoria, Australia and the words "you" and "your" refer to the person using this site.

Application of these Terms of Use

Any person who uses this site (by any means including any robot, spider, other automatic device or agent, or any manual process) is deemed to have accepted the Terms of Use. These Terms of Use will apply in addition to any other terms that specifically apply to a particular part or page of this site, including any dataset or data provided by this site. But if those other terms are inconsistent with these Terms of Use, those other terms will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.
We may amend these Terms of Use at any time. The update information (appearing at the bottom of this page) indicates the date on which these Terms of Use were last amended.

Disclaimer

This site

This content of this site is made available for information purposes.
The datasets provided through this site have been created by many different government agencies and we do not represent or warrant that any dataset or the data it contains is accurate, authentic or complete, or suitable for your needs. Changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact the accuracy of datasets and their contents.
To the maximum extent permitted by law, we accept no liability whatsoever to you or to any person arising from or connected to with the use of or reliance on any information or advice provided on this site or incorporated into it by reference, including any dataset or data it contains. No responsibility is taken for any information or services that may appear on any linked websites.
We recommend that you exercise your own skill and care with respect to your use of this site and carefully evaluate the accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance of information on this site for your purposes, including datasets and data.
This site is not a substitute for independent professional advice and you should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to your individual circumstances, and always where you intend to republish, communicate or commercially use datasets or data, if this is permitted by the terms of the licence which applies to that dataset.

Links to external websites

This site contains links to external websites. We may have no control over the content of any linked sites, or the changes that may occur to the content on those sites. It is your responsibility to make your own decisions about the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of information contained in linked external websites. 
We assume no responsibility or liability for the condition or content of any third party website or for the operation or function of any service or facility offered on any third party website.

Security

We apply a range of security controls to protect this site from unauthorised access. However, you should be aware that the internet is an insecure public network that gives rise to a potential risk that your transactions are being viewed, intercepted or modified by third parties or that files which the user downloads may contain computer viruses, disabling codes, worms or other devices or defects.
We accept no liability for any interference with or damage to your computer system, software or data occurring in connection with or relating to this site or its use. You should take appropriate and adequate precautions (including up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software) to ensure that whatever is selected or downloaded from this site is free of viruses or other contamination that may interfere with or damage your computer system, software or data.
Where connection to a system or website outside our control compromises the objectives of this site, we may sever links to that website or system.

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this site by any third party. This includes any conduct which is unlawful or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person and the transmission of obscene or offensive content or disruption to any part of the site. 
You must not post or transmit via this site any unlawful, defamatory, obscene, offensive or scandalous material, or any material that constitutes or encourages conduct that would contravene any law.

Any posts you make on this site will be subject to our moderation policy and process detailed below.
 

Links to and from this site

You may create a link to this site provided that the link:
a) does not, in any way misrepresent us or this site or any information it contains; and
b) is not misleading in any way.

Data and systems integrity

You acknowledge that we will not be responsible for any corruption or failed transmission of any information attributable to your computer system or any act or omission of your Internet Service Provider.
You agree not to use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of this site.
You acknowledge that access to this site, or any data services accessed through it:
a) may not be continuous or uninterrupted at all times;
b) may be interfered with by factors or circumstances outside of our control; and
c) is not monitored or supported outside of business hours (Australian Eastern Standard or Daylight Time) and may not support commercial application.
The inclusion of any email addresses on this site is not consent to receiving unsolicited commercial electronic messages or SPAM.

This data service may be of assistance to you but the State of Victoria and its employees do not guarantee that the data service is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular purpose and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in this data service.

Code of Conduct

We are here to help you, as part of this being a trusted space in which we work together, there are some basic rules.
The data on this site is provided to the public to support research and education, promote innovation, support improvements in productivity and stimulate growth in the Victorian economy.
Let us know when something is wrong – contact us to point out any inconsistencies in the data you find, make suggestions about how to improve the service, and request new data sources to be added.
We would also like to hear about what you have built using datasets from this site. Contact us and let us know.

Copyright and Attribution

You should comply with the Copyright and Attribution requirements of each dataset. Details listed on the record page of a dataset under ‘Attribution’ will indicate whether the agency which provided the dataset requires you to include attribution and, if so, the form of attribution to be used.
 

Copyright in your submitted content

When you submit content to this site, by making comments to the various feedback functions or participation in the applications showcase, you retain copyright in it. By submitting content to this site, you agree to make it available to the rest of the world under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence.

Use of site

You must not use text or information provided via this site, including datasets or data they contain, in any of the following ways:
• use the data in any application that pretends to be an official government service, or in any other way that suggests that the Department endorses you or your use;
• present the data in a misleading or incorrect manner, or misrepresent the data through changing it or otherwise;
• use this site for party political purposes;
• use the data or this site in or to support a criminal or illicit activity;
• use the data in any application, or in any other ways to inflame or make comments that are racist, sexist or homophobic, or which promote or incite violence and illegal activity.

Moderation policy and process

We welcome user generated content to the data.vic.gov.au site and aim to publish most content quickly. We encourage you to share your opinions on the various blog topics and individual datasets. Also, we want to promote your applications and insights built and developed using Victorian Government data in the showcase section. To help us do this, please make sure:
• Your comments are relevant or on-topic
• Your comments are not inflammatory, unreasonable or obscene
• 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.
The site uses a pre-moderation process to help ensure that spam or comments that breach this moderation policy are not published. This means that your comment will generally be published after being manually checked by a moderator. If a comment is edited, we will include a reference so you can tell.
The first is a human verification step to deter spam bots: when you submit a comment, you are asked to include a user name and a valid email address. You may post under a pseudonym. Your email address will not be posted on the site.
If we make a mistake, please contact us and we will deal with it as quickly as we can.

General

These Terms of Use are governed by, and are to be construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia. You agree that the courts of the State of Victoria, Australia have non-exclusive jurisdiction with respect to any matter arising from these Terms of Use or this site.
If any provision of these Terms of Use is held to be invalid or unenforceable that provision may be:
• read down to the extent necessary to make it valid and enforceable; or
• severed and the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use enforced.

Updated: 05 September 2014