Website Privacy and Copyright

The Rostrum website is maintained by Rostrum Australia (hereafter referred to as Rostrum). This Privacy Policy applies to all the publicly accessible pages on the Rostrum site located at

Rostrum does not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practices of third party sites linked to the Rostrum site. If you have any questions about the Rostrum site, or the application of this Privacy Policy or a request for access to information held, please contact the Rostrum Webmaster.

We uphold the National Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988. The Act defines personal information as any information or opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent or can be readily identified from the information or opinion.

What information do we collect?

When you look at the pages on the Rostrum site, our computers automatically record information that identifies, for each page accessed:

  • The IP (Internet Protocol) address of the machine which has accessed it;
  • Your top-level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc.);
  • The address of your server;
  • The date and time of your visit to the site;
  • The pages accessed and documents downloaded;
  • The previous site visited;
  • The type of browser and operating system you have used.

How do we use the information collected?

The information collected during each website visit is aggregated with similar logged information in order for Rostrum to identify patterns of usage of the site. This will assist us in improving the Rostrum site and the information offered on it.

Rostrum will not disclose or publish information that identifies individual machines, or potentially identifies sub-groupings of addresses, without consent or otherwise in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

What exceptions are there to this rule?

Rostrum will collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances:

  • Unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published Rostrum pages;
  • Unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on the Rostrum site;
  • Unauthorised attempts to index the contents of the Rostrum site by other sites;
  • Attempts to intercept messages of other users of the Rostrum site;
  • Communications which are defamatory, abusive, vilify individuals or groups or which give rise to a suspicion that an offence is being committed;
  • Attempts to otherwise compromise the security of the web server, breach the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia, or interfere with the use of the Rostrum site by other users.

Rostrum reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of the Rostrum site raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed. In the event of an investigation, Rostrum will provide access to data to any law enforcement agency that may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.

Is the information stored securely?

Yes. We keep all information in a secure place and safeguard that information against misuse, loss, unauthorised access and modification.

Will this policy be updated over time?

Due to the developing nature of privacy principles for online communication, this policy may be modified or expanded in light of new developments or issues that may arise from time to time. The amended policy will be posted to this site and will operate from the time it is posted.

Site content

The Rostrum site, and any links from it to third-party sites, has been established as an information source and with a view to promoting tolerance, cultural and other diversity in our society. You should, therefore, bear in mind that some material which appears at the Rostrum site and any linked sites may possibly cause offence or upset to some people. Rostrum regrets, but cannot take responsibility for, any such offence or upset caused.

In the event that you are offended or upset by the material which appears at an Internet website, you are entitled to lodge a complaint with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), who will then investigate the complaint and take such action as it thinks fit. If you would like to know more about the ACMA’s role in regulating Australian Internet content, you can visit its website at

Due to the Rostrum’s desire to promote a free exchange of opinion and information, it does not necessarily endorse or support the views, opinions, standards or information which appear on this site or any linked sites. You should also not interpret the absence of a link from the site to any other site as a criticism or comment by Rostrum on the provider or content of that other site.

Unfortunately, Rostrum cannot warrant and does not represent that the material which appears at the Rostrum site or any linked sites is complete, current, reliable and/or free from error. Rostrum also cannot accept any responsibility or liability for any loss, damage, cost or expense you might incur as a result of the use of or reliance upon the materials which appear on this or any linked sites.

You should be aware that the providers of linked sites will often have their own protocols and standards in relation to their sites and the information which appears at them. We urge you to familiarise yourself with any such protocols and standards.


This website contains information, data, documents, pages and images (“the material”) prepared by Rostrum and its members. The material is subject to copyright under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), and it is owned by Rostrum Australia.

All intellectual property rights in the content, software and systems owned by or licensed to Rostrum, including logos, images, names, designs, trademarks and copyright (Rostrum Content) are reserved to Rostrum.

Such content is provided for your personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, modify, adapt, translate, prepare derivative works from, reverse engineer or disassemble Rostrum Content, without obtaining Rostrum’s prior written permission.

You agree not to remove, obscure, or alter any Rostrum copyright notice or trademark on any content you access and use. You also agree not to use Rostrum Content in a way that implies endorsement by Rostrum or any person included in the materials.

If you are interested in using Rostrum Content other than for personal, non-commercial use, please Contact Us for further information.


If you have any comments or suggestions regarding this site or any other matters with which Rostrum may be able to assist, please contact our webmaster.