Terms of Use

Except where otherwise noted, material presented on is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence.

Lawful purposes

You agree to use FIND only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of or restrict or inhibit the use of FIND by any third party. This includes conduct which is unlawful or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person, the transmission of obscene or offensive content or disruption to FIND.

You must not post or transmit via FIND any unlawful, defamatory, obscene, offensive or scandalous material, or any material that constitutes or encourages conduct that would contravene any law.


Your use of FIND does not affect or reduce any obligation any Agency owes You, affect or reduce any obligation You owe to any Agency.

The FIND site is not a substitute for independent professional advice and you should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to your particular circumstances.

We take reasonable care in linking to other websites but we have no direct control over the content presented in those websites or the availability of those websites.

We make no representation that the material on any linked websites does not infringe the intellectual property rights or any other rights of any person. We do not authorise the reproduction of such material.

We do not endorse or recommend any links to external websites or third party content, including products and services offered by, from or through those websites or their content.


The datasets provided through FIND have been created by many different agencies. Because of this, we cannot guarantee the quality or timeliness of the datasets. While we welcome your feedback, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to correct any problems identified with the datasets.


We strive to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information on FIND. However, we cannot guarantee that no Harmful Code will enter FIND. You should be aware of the risks associated with using websites.

We recommend that you use appropriate and up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software to protect your computer systems.

If you experience a problem or loss that is caused by the information you send to or via FIND, your computer being compromised in some way or by something beyond our control, we cannot take responsibility for causing the problem. We will, however, do our best to help you if we can.

Where connection to a system or website outside our control compromises the objectives of FIND, we may sever links to that website or system.


These Terms of Use are governed by the laws of the Australian Capital Territory, Australia and you agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Australian Capital Territory.

If any of these Terms of Use are held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the remaining Terms of Use will continue in full force.

These Terms of Use do not negate any Terms or Conditions that apply to your use of any other government website.

We may revise these Terms and Conditions from time to time.


The FIND site only allows publishing of data sets by authorised data custodians.

Personal Information

FIND collects personal information that you choose to give us, for example your email address, as well as collecting information about our users' browsing activities.

We will not attempt to identify users or their browsing activities except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.


We only use your personal information for the purposes for which you gave it to us.

We do not share information about you with other government agencies or other organisations without your permission unless it: is necessary to provide you with a service that you have requested; is required or authorised by law; or will prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to somebody’s health.

We analyse non-identifiable website traffic data to improve our services. Where we use session-based cookies, it is for anonymous website usage data to help us improve the structure and functionality of FIND. You can change your web browser settings to reject cookies or to prompt you each time a website wishes to add a cookie to your browser.

Location of Content

Content of all components of the FIND website is hosted on servers provided by Geoscience Australia, located within Canberra, Australia.

Your choices

You may gain access to personal information about you that we hold. You can have us correct any errors or delete the information we have about you.

You may opt out of any further contact from us.

To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, we may have to gain evidence of your identity before we can give you access to information about you or change it.

Important Information

This website is bound by the Information Privacy Principles of the Privacy Act 1988.

We also follow the Guidelines for Federal and ACT Government Websites issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.