Disclaimers

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Relevant mandates

A disclaimer is a legal statement which asserts that the government agency issuing the disclaimer is not responsible for any mishap to which a user is exposed from applying whatever object or information the disclaimer is attached to.

The disclaimer may refer to information on the website and / or linked websites.

Why must I?

The use of disclaimers was mandated as part of the 2000 Government Online Strategy.

What should I do?

Important: There are no Australian Government templates for disclaimers. You should seek legal advice to develop an appropriate disclaimer.

A disclaimer should be placed where a website visitor has a reasonable chance of seeing it.

The use of disclaimers does not absolve you of responsibility for:

  • maintaining accurate information on the site
  • keeping records of which information was displayed on the site and at what time.

How do I?

Examples of disclaimer wording are:

  • This material is general in nature. It is made available on the understanding that the Commonwealth is not thereby engaged in rendering professional advice.
  • Before relying on the material in any important matter, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes, and should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances.
  • In some cases the material may incorporate or summarise views, guidelines or recommendations of third parties. Such material is assembled in good faith, but does not necessarily reflect the considered views of the Commonwealth, or indicate a commitment to a particular course of action.
  • Links to other websites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service.

Last Reviewed: 2010-08-31