Acceptable use policy for ICT resources

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The acceptable use policy outlines appropriate use of the Department's information, communication and technology resources.

The policy covers people using the Department's ICT resources, including but is not limited to:

  • employees
  • contractors
  • volunteers
  • school council members
  • regional offices
  • users working from home.

The policy does not cover students. See Student acceptable use agreement.

ICT resources are any devices, applications, software and networks owned by the Department. This includes notebooks, printers, scanners, cameras, usb memory sticks, email and internet use.

For the complete policy, see Acceptable Use Policy for ICT systems (pdf - 396.98kb)


  • Users must use the Department’s ICT resources professionally and appropriately at all times.
  • Users should remember that Departmental ICT resources are provided to staff for business purposes and to enhance effectiveness and efficiency at work.
  • The Department’s ICT resources must not be used for unlawful, offensive or otherwise improper activities. For example, they must not be used:
    • for material that is pornographic, hateful, racist, sexist, abusive, obscene, discriminatory, offensive or threatening
    • to stalk, bully, harass, defame or breach copyright.
  • ICT resources can be used for personal use during breaks if it is not excessive and is within the acceptable use policy.
  • An authorised person (e.g. a principal, a regional director, a deputy secretary) can monitor your use of the Department’s ICT resources if they have a valid reason for doing so.
  • If you discover inappropriate content on a Department computer, you should report it to your manager or principal.
  • A breach of the policy is regarded seriously.  Depending on the seriousness of the breach, termination of employment is a possible outcome.

Student acceptable use agreement

Schools are responsible for writing their own acceptable use policies for students. For templates and guidance on working with students, see Bullystoppers: Student acceptable use agreement.