Terms of Use

These terms of use apply to the International Biosecurity Intelligence System (IBIS) website (IBIS) by the user (the User).

In using and contributing to IBIS, the User agrees to these terms of use, as may be updated from time to time by the Commonwealth at its discretion.

Permitted and prohibited use

The User may use IBIS for the sole purpose of sharing and exchanging ideas and information with other Users. The User may not use the website to violate any applicable law, including local, state, national or international.

The User must not violate or attempt to violate the security of IBIS, including decomposing, decompiling, reverse engineering, disassembling or otherwise deconstructing all or any part of the site.

The User must not upload or transmit any material that infringes or misappropriates any person’s intellectual property rights, or breaches any obligation of confidentiality.

The User must not communicate any unlawful, harmful, offensive, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, obscene, profane, hateful, fraudulent or otherwise objectionable material of any sort on IBIS.

User submissions

User submissions to IBIS will not be considered confidential under any circumstances and the User acknowledges this.

When positing or submitting any information to IBIS, the User grants to the Commonwealth a licence on the same terms as the CC BY 4.0 licence in relation to their contribution, subject to any pre-existing third party rights. Details of the relevant licence conditions are available on the Creative Commons website as is the full legal code.

The User warrants that they are entitled to grant such a licence to the Commonwealth.

Where the User posts original content, the User consents to the Commonwealth’s use of the content where such use would otherwise constitute a breach of the User’s moral rights.


The User indemnifies the Commonwealth, its officials, employees, affiliates, subcontractors, agents and other representatives against any claim, loss or damage arising in connection with the User’s use of IBIS, including without limitation the User’s violation of these terms and conditions, the infringement by the User or any other subscriber or user of the User’s account of any intellectual property rights or other right of any person or entity.


The Commonwealth, its officials, employees, affiliates, subcontractors, agents and other representatives, disclaims all liability for any loss or damage arising in relation to the User’s use of IBIS or reliance on any information submitted or published on IBIS.

The Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents of IBIS or any information posted or contributed to IBIS, and expressly disclaims liability for any loss or damage whether due to negligence or otherwise however caused that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the contents of, or posted or contributed to, IBIS.

Material published on IBIS is made available on the understanding that the Commonwealth is not providing professional advice and should not be taken to indicate the Commonwealth's commitment to a particular course of action. Different solutions and outcomes may apply in individual circumstances, particularly in jurisdictions other than Australia. Before relying on any material contained in this publication, the User should obtain appropriate professional advice suitable to their particular circumstances.

Links to other material

References to various websites, publications and organisations, including commercial organisations and/or particular products on IBIS are for the information of the User only and should not in any way be construed as an endorsement of any website, publication, organisation or product by the Commonwealth.

Conversely, the fact that a particular website, publication, organisation or product is not mentioned should not be taken as any indication of the Commonwealth’s opinion of that website, publication, organisation or product. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for the content of any material that may be encountered on the websites or in the publications referred to on IBIS, including in User’s submissions.


Material published on IBIS by the Commonwealth is copyright Commonwealth of Australia except as provided below and as indicated on IBIS. All material is licenced under a CC BY 4.0 licence, with the exception of:

Details of the relevant licence conditions are available on the Creative Commons website as is the full legal code for the CC BY 4.0 licence.

The terms of use for the Commonwealth Coat of Arms are available for the It’s an Honour website.

Third party copyright

Wherever a third party holds copyright in material posted to IBIS, the third party retains copyright in that material. Permission may be required to use the material. The User should ensure they have the appropriate permissions from third parties before using such content.

Copyright infringement

If a User believes that any content on IBIS infringes the User’s or some other third party’s copyright, please contact the Commonwealth.

Applicable laws

These terms of use are governed by the laws of the Australian Capital Territory.