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In many areas of Indigenous Australia, it is considered offensive to publish photographs or names of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have recently died. Visitors are warned that these sites may inadvertently contain such names.

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Website security

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The Commonwealth Government accepts no liability for any interference or damage to a user’s computer system, software or data occurring in connection with or relating to this website or its use. Users are encouraged to take appropriate and adequate precautions to ensure that whatever is selected from this site is free of viruses or other contamination that may interfere with or damage the user’s computer system, software or data. Where connection to system or website outside our control compromises our website, we will sever links to that website or system.

Increasing your safety online

To protect your computer you should:

  • install and activate security software on your computer
  • ensure your security software includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and anti-spam filter
  • run regular scans of your computer for viruses
  • remember to update your security software to ensure you are always running the current version.

Other steps you should take to help protect your computer include:

  • check your internet browser's security settings for ways to make your browsing more secure
  • do not open email attachments if you do not know the sender
  • only download files from reputable internet sites
  • be wary when exchanging files with colleagues or friends
  • never click on hyperlinks in emails received from unknown sources
  • never share your passwords with anyone
  • never send your passwords via email
  • make your passwords as strong as possible.


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