DSS website linking policy

Linking to our website

We welcome links to the DSS website. As content may be updated or moved without notice, you are encouraged to link to our homepage at www.dss.gov.au.

Providing and maintaining a link to any DSS website content signifies agreement to the following conditions of our linking policy:

  • You may link to, but not replicate, content contained on the DSS website.
  • You must not list DSS telephone or fax numbers or office details on your site. You can link to our Contact us webpage instead.
  • Links must be presented in a way that fairly represents our role and our website material.
  • The context in which you insert the link must not give your visitors the impression that your site or organisation is endorsed or sponsored by us.
  • All website content is subject to strict copyright conditions. See copyright and disclaimers for more information.
  • You may not use our logo on your website.
  • You are responsible for routinely checking any links to our website to ensure they remain accurate.

Links to other sites

Who we link to

  • Government and education websites such as .gov.au and .edu.au sites that provide primary information sources for DSS customers and further access to community and non-profit organisations.
  • We may provide links to organisations outside of these domains on a case-by-case basis.
  • Some technical support sites such as Adobe, Microsoft, Apple allow users to download additional software to help them view our website content.

DSS will not display the logos of external organisations on our website.

Evaluation criteria

We use these questions to decide if a link is suitable for our website:

  • Is it an official government operated, government funded or educational website?
  • Does it complement existing information on the DSS website?
  • Does it meet required government web standards?
  • Is it reviewed and updated often, and contains accurate information?
  • Does it provide details about endorsed government information and services?

Third party links

DSS is not responsible for the content displayed within third party sites. Those sites are not within our control and may not follow the same privacy, security, or accessibility standards. We are not responsible for the content or availability of those sites, their partners, or advertisers. Any link to an external site is provided for your information and convenience only and does not constitute the department's endorsement of those services or any associated organisations or products.

DSS reserves the right to amend this policy at any time and solely at its discretion.

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