The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee's website is administered by the Department of Communications (the Department). The Department's approach to privacy consists of three parts:

The purposes of the Department's approach to privacy are to clearly communicate our personal information handling practices and to give individuals an understanding of the sort of personal information the Department collects and the way we handle that information.

Part 1 – The Department's APP Privacy Policy

For a detailed explanation of the Department's approach to privacy, please see the Department's APP Privacy Policy.

Part 2 – The Department's website privacy notice


The Department does not collect personal information about you if you only browse this website. When you browse the Review's website, our server logs the following information which is provided by your browser for statistical purposes only:

  • the type of browser and operating system you are using
  • your top level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc.)
  • the address of the referring site (for example, the previous site that you visited)
  • your server's IP address (a number which is unique to the machine through which you are connected to the internet, usually one of your service provider's machines.

In addition, our server logs the following information:

  • the date and time of your visit
  • the address of the pages accessed and the documents downloaded.

This information is used for the purposes of statistical analysis, system administration, monitoring of the Review's website security, customisation of the Review's website to user needs, evaluation, research, and development. No attempt will be made to identify users of their browsing activities, except in the unlikely event of an investigation, such as, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant or subpoena. Information of this nature will only be disclosed to third parties if required or authorised by law. Any information logged is stored securely, and archived for a period of at least 12 months and possibly up to seven years.


A cookie is an electronic token that is passed to your browser and your browser passes it back to the server whenever a page is sent to you. Our server generates one cookie which is used to keep track of the pages you have accessed while using our server. The cookie allows you to page back and forward through the Review's website and return to pages you have already visited. The cookie exists only for the time you are accessing our server. Please note that some browsers can be configured to allow cookies to be accessed by servers other than the originating server. Most browsers can also be configured to notify the user when a cookie is received, allowing you to either accept or reject it. You do not need to have configured your browser to enable the accepting or sending of cookies in order to use the Review's website. Cookies are not used by the Review for any other purposes. The Review's website does not use cookies to collect personal information.


Search terms that you enter when using the Review's search engine/database are collected, but are not associated with any other information that we collect. We use these search terms to ascertain what people are looking for at the Review's website, and to improve the services that we provide.


The Review's website contains links to other sites and may also use social media sites, for example, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, to make it easy to share information. These other sites may use web measurement tools, customisation technologies and persistent cookies to inform the service they provide to their users. The Review is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other websites, and does not use, maintain or share personal information that is collected by other websites.


To improve the services offered by the Review's website, we seek feedback from our users. If you have any comments on the technical operations or functionality of the pages of the Department's website, please use this contact form. Answering the questions on this form is voluntary and does in any way affect your access to the Review's website. You can use a pseudonym, or you do not have to identify yourself, when you are completing the contact form to provide the Review with site feedback.

Part 3 – The Review's contact point for privacy matters

If you require further information, or if you have any concerns, about the Review's handling of personal or sensitive information, you can contact the Secretariat by emailing secretariat@rtirc.gov.au or by writing to the Secretariat as follows: Secretariat RTIRC Department of Communications GPO Box 2154 Canberra  ACT  2601 Australia. General information about the Privacy Act and the APPs can also be found of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's website (www.oaic.gov.au).