Privacy and accessibility


The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988 (link is external). The Principles regulate how agencies collect, use, disclose and store personal information, including sensitive information, and how individuals may access and correct records containing their personal information.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment respects your right to privacy under the Privacy Act and will comply with the requirements under the Act in respect of the collection and management of personal information.

For more information please see the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment privacy policy at



When you access our website, we may send a “cookie” (a small summary file containing a unique ID number) to your computer. 

Cookies are used to maintain a user’s settings and preferences on a website, and can be analysed by us to help improve our online services.  Our cookies do not collect personal information. If you do not wish to receive cookies, you can set your browser so that your computer does not accept them.

We may also log IP addresses (the electronic addresses of computers connected to the Internet) to assist in analysing trends, administering the website, and gathering broad demographic information.

Our website also uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. We use Google Analytics in order to understand how users engage with our website. Data transmitted includes, for example, the web address of the page that you're visiting and your IP address. Google may also set cookies on your browser, or read cookies that are already there. 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.

More information about how Google Analytics collects and processes data is described in Google's Privacy Policy. If you don’t want Google Analytics to be used in your browser, you can use the opt-out service provided by Google or the ’incognito’ mode in your browser.



Australian Government departments are obliged by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (link is external) to ensure that online information and services are accessible by people with disabilities. Departments are also required to make online resources accessible to people with technical constraints, such as older browsers and lower speed Internet connections.

This website aims to conform to Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2 (WCAG 2.0) (link is external), developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (link is external).

This website has been developed to display adequately on all commonly used and supported browsers and to work effectively with accessibility hardware and/or software. The site has been designed to be responsive on a wide range of platforms and resolutions.  The site is best viewed at 1920px wide but will scale down to 320px wide.

For technical reasons and to meet some legal requirements, this web site has a limited number of documents that cannot be provided in HTML or other alternative formats. In such cases, contact details have been provided for the supply of alternative formats.

If you encounter accessibility difficulties with this website, please contact us via our online feedback form or

Website Manager - State of the Environment

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

GPO Box 787

Canberra ACT 2601


phone: +61 2 6274 1111