Our website

This website has been developed to ensure content is available to the widest possible audience.


By adhering to Australian Government guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and abilities of web users in the community.

At 21 September 2015, this website was verified by Digital Access at Vision Australia as conforming to AA level of the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG), with the exception of pages with interactive map content. 

We are constantly working to improve our website, as providing access to information for all users, including those with a disability, is of paramount importance to us.

Sometimes we publish documents and publications received from third parties. These third party documents may not adhere to the standards followed by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

Text size

Text on this site can be made larger or smaller than the standard presentation using the change font size featured in the top right header of every page shown as A/A.

Adobe PDF

This site contains information in portable document format (PDF). These files are made available so information is easy to download and is portable.

Some documents on this website do not conform with WCAG 2.0. If you encounter any problems accessing documents in PDF format please contact us using our online feedback form or the `Was this page helpful? feature on the bottom of each page of our website.


We use cookies for maintaining contact with a user during a website session.

A cookie is a small file supplied by our web server and stored by the web browser software on your computer when you access this site. An explanation of cookies can be found at the site of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Cookies allow us to recognise you as an individual as you move from one of our web pages to another.

Transactional services available from this site may use cookies to track business processes. Please read the particular service's privacy and security statement before beginning a transaction. However, some third party platforms on our website for social sharing of content and email marketing use cookies to collect anonymous information when you visit our web site. The information can be there for up to 14 days depending on how often you clear cookies from your web browser. 

Most cookies in this web site will be immediately lost when you end your internet session and shut down your computer. Our copy of your information will be automatically deleted 20 minutes after you last used the system.

The information is only used to help you use our website systems more efficiently, for example by maintaining a record of what text size you prefer to view pages in. The information is not used to track your movements through the internet, or to record private information about you. 

For more about your privacy and security of your information, visit Our commitment to privacy and security.

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