Privacy Policy

Scope This statement applies to user interactions with the New England Weeds Authority (NEWA) website, at

The site makes some use of data that directly or indirectly identifies users. We do not use any personal information for any purpose which is not related to the services we provide to you via this site. We take great care with practices that affect personal privacy. NEWA staff welcome feedback from their users in relation to the site's design and practices, and to this Privacy Statement.

Data Collection
Data that in some way identifies the user is gathered during interactions with the NEWA website in the following circumstances:

Computer Information
It is a necessary part of visiting any website, including the NEWA site, that the user's web-browser provides the machine's identity (its IP-address) to the web-server, so that the server can address the reply to the correct machine. In addition, the browser-type and operating system are provided.

User Feedback
NEWA seek feedback from our users in order to improve the service offered by the site. Answering feedback questions is voluntary and does not in any way affect your access to the NEWA site.

Data Storage, Use and Disclosure, and Retention
All personal data described in the preceding section is stored securely, and archived for a period of at least 12 months and possibly up to 7 years.
The data is used by NEWA site software, and by staff involved in the management of the NEWA site, only for:

  • Website and system administration, including monitoring to prevent security breaches customisation of the website to the user's needs evaluation, research and development.
  • Identified data can only be re-disclosed to the user if the user provides the unique request session number.
  • Identified data may be disclosed to a third party only in circumstances in which it is legally authorised, such as in the investigation of a criminal offence, and in compliance with a search warrant or subpoena.

Users 16 and Under
If you are aged 16 or under, get your parent or guardian's permission before you provide personal information to the NEWA web site. Users without this consent are not allowed to provide us with personal information.

If you believe that NEWA has not followed the principles of this privacy statement, or would like to comment on these principles, please contact us at

The staff who operate the NEWA site, and most Commonwealth, State or Local government agencies, are subject to the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988.