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You accept all risks and responsibility for losses, damages, costs and other consequences resulting directly or indirectly from using this site and any information or material available from it.

To the maximum permitted by law, the Bureau of Meteorology excludes all liability to any person arising directly or indirectly from using this site and any information or material available from it.

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Information at this site:

  • is general information provided as part of the Bureau of Meteorology's statutory role in the dissemination of information relating to meteorology, or in accordance with its role under the Water Act 2007.
  • may be provided by third parties (through agreements with the Bureau or in fulfilling their obligations under the Water Act and/or its associated regulations)
  • is subject to the uncertainties of scientific and technical research
  • may not be accurate, current or complete
  • is subject to change without notice
  • is not a substitute for independent professional advice and users should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances
  • the material on this web site may include the views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect the views of the Bureau of Meteorology or indicate its commitment to a particular course of action.

Security Risks and Computer Viruses

The World Wide Web operates across insecure, public networks. You assume all risks associated with use of the web site, including:

  • risk of your computer, software or data being damaged by any virus, disabling codes, worms or other devices and defects which might be transmitted or activated via the website, or your access to it or the downloading of files from the web site
  • connections transmitted to and from this site being intercepted and modified by third parties

Links to External Web Sites

The Bureau of Meteorology has no direct control over the content of any linked sites, or the changes that may occur to the content on those sites. It is the responsibility of the user to make their own decisions about the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of information contained in linked external web sites.

Links to external web sites do not constitute an endorsement or a recommendation of any material on those sites or of any third party products or services offered by, from or through those sites. Users of links provided by this web site are responsible for being aware of which organisation is hosting the web site they visit.

Privacy Statement

This page explains the type of information that is collected by the Bureau of Meteorology, how such information is used and under what circumstances and to whom it may be disclosed.

If you have any privacy concerns, you should direct them to the Bureau's Privacy Officer by e-mailing privacy@bom.gov.au (*remove 'nospam' before mailing) or by writing to:

Privacy Officer (EXL)
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289
Melbourne Vic 3001
Australia

"Personal information collected by the Bureau of Meteorology is used in accordance with its obligations under the "Privacy Act 1988" and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). Personal information is information relating to an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion provided."

The Internet is an insecure medium and users should be aware that there are inherent risks transmitting information across the Internet. Information submitted unencrypted via e-mail or web forms may be at risk of being intercepted, read or modified.

For those who do not wish to use the Internet we provide alternative ways of obtaining and providing the information. If you prefer, you can contact us by phone or mail.

Site Visit Data

This site is mainly operated by the Bureau of Meteorology, however there are some products that are provided by an external internet service provider. Users of the products provided via external providers should be aware of the 'links to other sites' information at the end of this statement.

When visiting the Bureau's site, a record of your visit is logged. The following information is recorded for statistical purposes and is used by the Bureau of Meteorology to help improve the site. The following information is provided by your browser:

  • the type of browser you are using
  • the date and time of your visit
  • your top level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc.)
  • the address of the referring site
  • your server's IP address (a number which is unique to the machine through which you are connected to the Internet: usually one of your service provider's machines)
  • the address of the pages accessed and any documents downloaded

No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities, unless disclosure is required by law or due to a mandatory requirement of a Court, Government Agency or Regulatory Authority in the course of a legally enforced investigation.

Collection of Personal Information

We will, at your request, provide you with access to any information which we have collected about you through this website in accordance with Information Privacy Principle 6, Privacy Act 1988. To gain access to this information you should contact us, as per the above contact details. If you believe any information is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date, please contact us and we will revise the relevant information in accordance with Information Privacy Principle 7, Privacy Act 1988.

When you e-mail us:

  • we will record your e-mail address
  • we will only use your e-mail address for the purpose for which you provided it
  • it will not be added to a mailing list unless you request this be done
  • we will not disclose it without your consent, except where the Bureau of Meteorology may be required by law to disclose certain information

When you use our Subscription and Feedback forms:

  • we will record the personal information provided by you (for example your name, address, telephone number etc)
  • we will only use this information for the purpose for which you provided it
  • only Bureau authorised staff will have access to this
  • we will not disclose it without your consent, except where the Bureau of Meteorology may be required by law to disclose certain information

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that is sent from web site servers and stored on a web browser. Some parts of this web site may use a cookie to maintain site information and your setting preferences as you navigate different pages on our web site or when you return to the web site at a later time.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this web site.

No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities, unless disclosure is required by law or due to mandatory requirements of a Court, Government Agency or Regulatory Authority in the course of a legally enforced investigation.

In addition, we use third party ad serving technology to show advertisements on this web site. As part of the ad delivery process, the third party ad serving system may send a cookie to your browser while you use this web site, and may use information (not including your name or any personally identifiable information) about your visit to this web site to track how many people have seen a particular ad. These third party cookies cannot be used to identify any individual person.

For more information about cookies and instructions on how to adjust your browser settings to restrict or disable cookies, see the Office of the Privacy Commissioner or the Interactive Advertising Bureau

Google Analytics

In addition to web server logs, this web site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Reports obtained from Google Analytics are used to help improve the efficiency and usability of this web site.

Google Analytics uses 'cookies' to help analyse how users use this site. The information generated by the cookie, about how your use of the web site (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our web site, compiling reports on web site activity for web site operators and providing other services relating to web site activity and internet usage. 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. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

By using this web site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. Please refer to Google's Privacy policy http://www.google.com/privacy.html

Searches

Search terms that you enter when using our search engine are collected, but there is no link between search terms and personal details. Nor are they associated with any other information that we collect. We use these search terms to ascertain what people are looking for at our site and to improve the services that we provide.

Links to Other Sites

This site contains links to other sites. The Bureau of Meteorology is not responsible for the privacy practices of these web sites and has no knowledge of whether cookies or other tracking devices are used on linked sites. If you have any concerns regarding your privacy, when visiting a linked site, you should ensure you are aware of the privacy policies of those sites.


Copyright Notice

Your rights to use material on Bureau websites

In accordance with Australian Government policy, the Bureau of Meteorology aims to make public sector information available on an open and reusable basis where possible, including on its websites (www.bom.gov.au; reg.bom.gov.au; ftp.bom.gov.au)

Most material on the Bureau websites will be protected by copyright held by the Bureau or a supplier of information to the Bureau. Your right to use this material may be permitted under:

An Open Access License

A Creative Commons (CC) Attribution 3.0 licence. The terms and conditions of the relevant CC licences are at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/. Where this applies, the material will be marked with a CC logo such as:

A Public Access Licence (PAL). The terms and conditions of the relevant PAL licences are at http://www.ags.gov.au/pal/. Where this applies, the material will be marked with a PAL logo such as:

The Bureau's default terms of use

Where no terms of use are associated with a set of material, then you may download, use and copy that material for personal use, or use within your organisation but you may not supply that material to any other person or use it for any commercial purpose. Any use under these default terms must comply with the following:

  • the Bureau must be identified as the source of the material and a prominent link included to the Bureau web page from which the material was sourced
  • any copyright statement or logo included on, or in connection with, a set of material must be retained
  • all text or graphical re-presentation of forecasts must include the issue time and date and the validity of the period and must precisely reproduce any warnings associated with the material

Where an Open Access Licence does not apply, or you wish to use the material outside of the Bureau's default terms of use, you must apply for a Bureau Access Agreement.

Please note that there may be different or additional conditions associated with some of the available material. Be sure to check the licensing information for each set of material you wish to use which may require you to contact the original copyright owner for permission to use the material. Use of images (including satellite images) and the Commonwealth Coat of Arms are subject to the terms set out below. You may use also use any material in accordance with rights you have under the Copyright Act 1968 (for example under the fair dealing provisions or statutory licences).

Use of images

Unless otherwise stated, all images (including background images, icons and illustrations) on Bureau websites are copyright of their owners and you must obtain the permission of those owners to use such images.

The satellite images available via the Bureau websites are obtained from non-Bureau sources. Please see Acknowledgements below for the attributions that you must apply when using satellite images.

Use of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms

The terms under which the Commonwealth Coat of Arms can be used are detailed on the It's an Honour website.

No circumvention of terms

You are entitled to use material on Bureau websites in accordance with the applicable terms above, noting that material such as Water Data is generally available under generous open access terms including a right to distribute and modify material. The use of any material on the Bureau websites obtained through use of automated or manual techniques including any form of scraping or hacking intended to allow use of the material without complying with the applicable terms is prohibited.

'scraping' includes page, content, screen or web scraping amongst others, and is the process of extracting information from websites usually by converting unstructured website content (usually HTML) into structured data.

Use of material in a way not permitted on the websites, or otherwise in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968 may be an infringement of copyright. Infringing copyright may expose you to legal action by, and liability to, the copyright owner.

Where you wish to use material in a way that is beyond the scope of the terms of use that apply to it, you must first obtain the agreement of the Bureau's copyright officer channel_management@bom.gov.au

Contact Us

Contact us if you have any other questions or requests relating to material presented on any of the Bureau of Meteorology websites.

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Acknowledgements

The satellite images available via the Bureau web site are obtained from non-Bureau sources. The satellite images may be from geostationary satellites such as: the GMS series; GOES-9; the MTSAT series; Himawari-8; and the Feng Yun Series or from the polar orbiting satellites such as the NOAA series and Feng Yun series. Such images are provided with the permission of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) or the United States National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Any use of these images requires the following acknowledgement(s):

Geostationary satellite data

  • If the image was from GMS-1, GMS-2, GMS-3, GMS-4 or GMS-5 (old imagery), then the acknowledgement is (with the appropriate number replacing the "(n)"): Satellite image originally processed by the Bureau of Meteorology from the geostationary satellite GMS-(n) operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
  • If the imagery is from GOES-9, then the acknowledgement is: Satellite image originally processed by the Bureau of Meteorology from the geostationary GOES-9 operated by the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on behalf of the Japan Meteorological Agency.
  • If the imagery is from the MTSAT series, then the acknowledgement is (with the appropriate number replacing the "(n)"): Satellite image originally processed by the Bureau of Meteorology from the geostationary satellite MTSAT-(n) operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
  • If the imagery is from the geostationary Feng Yun series, then the acknowledgement is (with the appropriate number replacing the "(n)"): Satellite image originally processed by the Bureau of Meteorology from the geostationary satellite Feng Yun (n) operated by the China Meteorological Administration (CMA).
  • If the imagery is from the Himawari-8 satellite, then the acknowledgement is: Satellite image originally processed by the Bureau of Meteorology from the geostationary satellite Himawari-8 operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Polar Orbiting satellite data

  • If the imagery is from the NOAA series, then the acknowledgement is (with the appropriate number replacing the "(n)"): Satellite image originally processed by the Bureau of Meteorology from the polar orbiting satellite NOAA-(n)operated by the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • If the imagery is from the Polar Orbiting Feng Yun series, then the acknowledgement is (with the appropriate number replacing the "(n)"): Satellite image originally processed by the Bureau of Meteorology from the polar orbiting satellite Feng Yun (n)operated by the China Meteorological Administration (CMA).

Accessibility

The Government's access and equity policies aim to ensure that government services meet the needs of all Australians irrespective of their needs. They also aim to help Australians of all backgrounds to have the opportunity to achieve their potential and participate fully in society - regardless of any special need or disability. This means making government services culturally appropriate, accessible, consumer-oriented and effective.

The Bureau's aim is to meet level "A" to the best of our ability and incorporate levels "Double A" and "Triple A" and to continue to work on developing and further improving accessibility to our site.

If, because of a disability, you are having difficulty accessing any online materials produced by the Bureau, please contact our Accessibility Officer and provide the following information:

  • your contact details;
  • the location of the page you are accessing;
  • the operating system and browser version you are using;
  • any other software you are using;
  • the nature of the problem you are experiencing.

The Bureau's disability service will then make arrangements to provide you with the information you are seeking in an accessible manner.

Accessibility Officer (EEO)
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289
Melbourne Vic 3001
Australia
tel: 03 9669 4000

If you wish to report a systems fault or problem with a Bureau product, please use our 'Feedback' form.

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