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© Thomas Mitchell Primary School 2010

© State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), 2009

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) respects the intellectual property rights of others, and we ask that our users do the same.

This website and its contents including pages, documents, online graphics, audio and video are subject to copyright under the laws of Australia and, through international treaties, other countries. The copyright is owned by the State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), or in the case of some materials, by third parties (third party materials).

Educational users

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An educational institution situated in Australia which is not conducted for profit, or a body responsible for administering such an institution, may copy and communicate the materials, other than third party materials, for the educational purposes of the institution.

All other users

You may view the contents of this website and save an electronic copy, download, or print all or part of this website, other than third party materials, for your own personal information, or personal research or study, but only if you:

* do not modify the copy from how it appears on the Department's website, and
* include the copyright notice "© State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development)" on the copy.

Other uses of the contents of this website, other than those permitted by an exception in the Copyright Act 1968, require permission. This permission may be sought from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Copyright Services unit by emailing

Permission, if given, will be subject to conditions that will include a requirement that the copyright owner's name, State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) be acknowledged when the material is reproduced or quoted, either in whole or in part.
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Trademark notice and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development name

This site includes registered trademarks (or trademarks in the process of being registered) which are otherwise protected by law including, but not limited to, the word DEECD (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) and the DEECD logos. Unless otherwise indicated, they are owned by the State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development).

You may not use DEECD's trademarks or the name DEECD except

* by saving, or printing out, a copy of DEECD's website as permitted by the Copyright notice
* as part of a fair reference to DEECD or applicable sub-site with proper recognition of the trademark's status, or
* otherwise with DEECD's or copyright owner's prior written consent.

Third party sites

Third party material linked from the DEECD pages, or discovered via the DEECD search engine, is subject to the copyright conditions of the third party. Hence users will need to consult the copyright notice of the third party sites for conditions of usage.

The documents posted on this server contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for the user's convenience.

The State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to particular items in hypertext is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites. You access those sites and use their products and services solely at your own risk.

You must not reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish, copy, transfer or commercially exploit any information accessed through or received from the DEECD website that would be an infringement of any copyright, patent, trademark design or other intellectual property right.
Related information

For further information about intellectual property for schools and corporate staff, see the Intellectual Property and Copyright page.


This site has been compiled from information obtained from sources within the State of Victoria (Department of Education), and is subject to change without notice. The State of Victoria (Department of Education) has used its best endeavours to ensure that the Information is correct and current at the time of publication but takes no responsibility for any error, omission or defect therein.

To the extent permitted by law, the State of Victoria (Department of Education) and its employees, agents and consultants exclude all liability for any loss or damage (including indirect, special or consequential loss or damage) arising from the use of, or reliance on, the Information whether or not caused by any negligent act or omission. If any law prohibits the exclusion of such liability, the Department limits its liability to the extent permitted by law, to the resupply of the Information.

Readers should rely on their own enquiries in making decisions touching their own or any other person's interest.
Disclaimer - Downloadable Documents

The Department of Education makes available to you the provision to download particular documents, on the conditions set out below. If you do not agree with these conditions, then you should not download the material.

1. The information is provided on the basis that upon downloading you will conduct such virus scanning and other checks as may be necessary to ensure that the downloaded material will not corrupt in any way your data, software or systems or those of any other person.
2. You acknowledge and agree that the Department will not be under any liability to you for any loss or damage including consequential loss or damage however caused, whether by negligence or otherwise, that arises in any way from the use of the downloaded material.
3. If you provide the downloaded material to another party, then you should bring to the attention of that other party these conditions and only provide the downloaded material on the same conditions as those on which the original downloaded material was provided to you by the Department of Education via

Discussion Groups & Chat

This site includes among its services discussion forums and comment areas in which users are invited to submit comments. In some cases, personal identifier information such as name or email address is requested or required. This information is posted for public access along with the submitted comments and messages which it accompanies. The State of Victoria (Department of Education) endeavours to prevent improper use of the discussion forums and chat areas but the Department will not be under any liability for any consequential damage however caused. The State of Victoria (Department of Education) may terminate the Users access to the Department of Education website immediately if the User breaches any provision of this notice.

Use of information

Any information, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques provided by, or obtained from, you or your use of DoE's website shall be deemed to be non-confidential and DoE shall be free to reproduce, use, disclose and distribute the information to others without limitation.
Applicable law

This web-site (excluding any linked third party sites) is controlled by the State of Victoria (Department of Education) from its offices at 2 Treasury Place, East Melbourne, VIC 3001. By accessing this site, you accept that any disputes about this website or its contents are to be determined by the courts having jurisdiction in Victoria in accordance with the laws in force in Victoria (except any principle of conflict of laws inconsistent with this requirement).

This website may be accessed throughout Australia and overseas. The State of Victoria (Department of Education) makes no representation that the content of this website complies with the laws (including intellectual property laws) of any country outside Australia. If you access this site from outside Australia, you do so on your own responsibility and are responsible for ensuring compliance with all laws in the place where you are located.

Online Privacy Statement

* Collection of Information
* Use of Authenticated DEECD websites
* Cookies and web scripts on DEECD websites
* Online Privacy Statement Comments

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. This Online Privacy Statement governs the collection, storage, use, access and disposal of data including all personal information obtained on DEECD websites. Please take some time to read through this statement and understand our position on privacy.

This privacy statement will be updated from time to time so please visit this page regularly.

This Privacy Statement does not apply to linked websites that are not DEECD sites. When you link to another site we recommend you read the privacy statement of that site.

The Department has an information privacy policy and handles personal information in accordance with the Victorian Privacy laws: the Information Privacy Act 2000 and Health Records Act 2001. This policy is available on request and the policy can be accessed online.
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Collection of Information

Two types of online data are collected by DEECD:

1. Visitor logs and statistics
2. Information provided by users through online forms, registration, databases and feedback (When personal information is collected online through for example databases and forms, a privacy notice informing you how your personal information will be collected, used and protected will be available).

Visitor logs and statistics

DEECD sites gather statistics on usersí online experience. Information collected includes:

* Visitor server addresses and domains
* The times and dates the site was visited
* The pages visitors accessed and files downloaded
* Visitorsí browsers and operating systems.

The main purpose for collecting this information is to provide statistical information used for website and system administration. The information does not identify individual users but does identify the computer that is used to access our sites.

Logged information is not disclosed outside of DEECD staff or those under contract to conduct maintenance to web server components. We make no attempt to identify individuals from these records unless it is necessary to the investigation of a breach of law.
User Information

Some Department sites require visitors to provide personal information when they engage in online activities such as subscribing to conferences, participating in DEECD email discussion groups, registering online for education activities, completing online forms and feedback. Personal information collected may include a visitorís first and last name, postal address, email address, employer, job title and department, telephone and fax numbers. The Department will inform you how your personal information will be used at the point of collection.
Internet Risks

Any personal information collected is used for the purpose of providing online services and monitoring these. All Department staff have a legal duty to protect the privacy of your personal information and ensure it is used only for the purpose to which you have agreed. DEECD does not make available users' personal information to other organisations or individuals. Personal information is handled in accordance with Victorian privacy legislation and is stored and disposed of in accordance with Department's Record Keeping Policy.

There are inherent risks associated with the transmission of personal information via the internet as it is not a secure medium. Do not provide any secure personal information online such as a password or credit card number or information that you wish to keep confidential. To understand these risks read the information on the Australian Internet Safety Advisory Body website (

The Department has made every effort to implement security policies, rules and measures to protect your information from unauthorised access, improper use, alteration and destruction.

See also the DEECD Information and Communication Technology Security policy.

The Department does not guarantee secure transmission of data transmitted via its websites. If you have any concerns providing the personal information asked for please call the Online Communications Unit on 03 9657 2626 and we can make arrangements to suit you.

If you would like more information or to access or upgrade your personal information, please Contact the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
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Use of Authenticated DEECD websites

The Department secure websites, which require a username and password for access verification, gather information on a userís online experiences through the use of a visitorís username. Please keep your access codes secure and do not share them.
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Cookies and web scripts on DEECD websites

'Cookies' are small text files that are generated by our servers and stored onto your computer. They allow us to recognise when you return to certain sites and allow us to register user preferences.

DEECD does not generally build websites that involve the use of cookies. On DEECD websites that do use cookies, a cookie is sent from our server and automatically placed on your computer without notification. Personal preferences or information may be stored in the cookie, which is then sent back to the server on completion of the session. Cookies may be turned off within your browser, however, this may make some sites unusable.

More information can be found on the Wikipedia page about HTTP cookies (

Pages on the site may be coded with Omniture's SiteCatalyst HBX software. This is transparent to the user, as the software makes use of an invisible image at the bottom of the web page. This software stores a cookie in your browser, which contains a unique identifier, and sends information to SiteCatalyst HBX. This enables SiteCatalyst HBX to track the number of unique visitors to the site. In no way does this unique identifier identify a user personally.

* See the Omniture website about their privacy practices ( or find out specific information about SiteCatalyst HBX (

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Online Privacy Statement Comments

DEECD welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Statement. If you believe that any DEECD division, website or employee has not adhered to this Statement please contact DEECD by email, fax, or mail.

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Online and Corporate Communications Branch

Level 1, 2 Treasury Place

East Melbourne VIC 3002

Fax: 03 9657 2626


For further information regarding privacy, view the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000 ( or go to the Privacy Victoria website (