1. Introduction is committed to protecting your personal information and preserving your amazing stories and photos for future generations. We want to create and maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for our audience.

You are free to browse the contents of without registering an account. However, for some activities you need to register an account and provide a few personal details such as your name and email address. Registering an account allows you to:

  • post in the forum
  • comment
  • send private messages
  • download activity sheets
  • enter competitions

The Privacy Policy described on this page deals with use of personal information that you provide to as well as other information that is automatically collected when you access the site.

By using or accessing you agree to this Privacy Policy.

Our Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time so please review it regularly.

  1. Information you provide

Personal information

When you register on you provide us with your name, username and email address. A profile page will be set up for you automatically. You are at liberty to decide which other details to display on your profile page (e.g. month/year of arrival in Australia, ship and hostel). When you save these other details you consent to them being made publicly available and having them displayed next to your forum posts.

Your email address will not be displayed on your profile page and we recommend that you do not display any personal contact details, such as your address or telephone number, on your profile page, in the forum or in your story or photos. To avoid publicly displaying your contact information you may use private messaging.

You may edit or delete the information on your profile page at any stage.

Your posts and comments

When you submit a post or comment you consent to make information about yourself and others publicly available. Please ensure you read our Guidelines before posting or commenting. Comments are moderated by before publishing. Forum posts are moderated after they are published.

We advise you not to include any personal contact details, such as names, addresses, email or telephone numbers, in your posts and comments. This goes for you as well others you write about.

You may edit or delete your forum posts at any time. Editing or deleting your posts does not mean they will be deleted from other locations where they may have been copied or stored already.

Other Content

Other information we may collect that you have shared includes:

  • Photos / Videos / Tags
  • Links
  • Comments / Posts
  • Friends / Groups
  • Suggestions


We may invite you occasionally to take part in a subject-related survey. Data from such surveys will be aggregated to protect the identity of respondents. Participation is entirely voluntary.

Site Activity

When you access, we may collect information about your location, IP address and browser type. We may also collect statistics about the pages you visit.

We may retain the details of transactions or payments you make on

Cookies                         is a website like many others that makes use of cookies.

A cookie is a small piece of data stored on the hard drive of your device (e.g. computer or mobile phone) which makes easier to use. For example, a cookie remembers your Username (but not your password) so that you do not have to type it in every time you return to the site. A cookie also remembers whether you have voted in a poll or taken part in a survey.

Cookies also store information about how you use This information does not contain any personal information about you. Your information is aggregated with information from other visitors to to show how the site is being used and how it can be improved.

You can remove or decline cookies in your browser settings (see for further information) but in some cases this may affect your ability to use certain parts of the site. contains hyperlinks to external websites owned and operated by third parties. These external websites have their own privacy policies, including cookies, and we urge you to review them. They will govern the use of personal information you submit or is collected by cookies whilst visiting them. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third party websites and your use of such websites is at your own risk.

  1. How we use your information

We use the information we collect to:

  • Operate, maintain and improve our services to you
  • Provide customer support
  • Notify you about any changes to, such as improvements or service/product changes
  • Provide news and information on products or services which we feel may be of interest to you, where you have consented to receive such information
  • Invite you to update your details or take part in voluntary, subject-related surveys
  • Contact you regarding any matter involving a breach of our terms and conditions
  • Establish the number of visits from different countries (via the IP address)
  • Respond to legal requests and prevent harm

We do not reveal your contact details to advertisers or marketers without your consent, though we may provide advertisers with aggregate statistical information about our visitors and site traffic.

When you make payments on, we will only share transaction information with those third parties to the extent necessary to complete the transaction.

We may provide services jointly with other companies. If you use these services, we may share your information to facilitate that service. However, we will identify the partner and present the joint service provider’s privacy policy to you before you use that service. In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets we may disclose your information to the prospective purchaser or vendor. If a third party acquires your information will be one of the transferred assets.

  1. Controlling your information

You may edit or delete your profile information at any time by going to your profile page and clicking “Edit.”

You may edit your forum posts at any time by going to a post and clicking “Edit.”

You must contact us if you wish to deactivate your account. This can be done by submitting a request on the ‘About’ page or by emailing us at

Editing, deactivating or deleting information you have previously shared does not mean it will be deleted from other pages within the site where it may have been already copied or stored.

Deceased Users is strongly committed to preserving amazing stories told by amazing people so that they can be viewed by future generations. We believe that is also the wish of our users who share their information, photos and stories on our site.

We will only close the account of a deceased user if we receive a formal request from the user’s next of kin or some other form of legal request.

  1. Storage, Security and Safety

We take great care to ensure that your information is secure by using a secured server protected by a firewall.  It is your responsibility to keep your password secure.

Mechanisms are available on the site for reporting inappropriate content or links. We remove inappropriate content and disable accounts of users who behave inappropriately.

We may transfer, store and/or process your personal data outside of your country of residence. By using, you consent to all of these actions.

  1. Relevant links



What is copyright?

Copyright is a type of legal protection for people who produce things like writing, images, music and films. It is a legal right to prevent others from doing certain things to their work (such as copying or posting on a website) without permission.

In most cases, copyright expires after a certain number of years and the work enters into the public domain, meaning that it can be copied freely by members of the public without permission.

Your use of this website

This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us and is therefore subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under law. It is provided to you for your information and personal use only. Material contained on our website is not to be republished, copied or transmitted without our written permission, except as allowed under copyright licensing arrangements managed by a reproduction rights organisation such as Copyright Agency Limited. These restrictions relate to any part of this website, including our “free access” teaching resources.

Copyright Infringement

Our objective is to create an educational website full of interesting, informative and diverse content… but we also respect intellectual property and the rights of copyright owners.

You may be infringing copyright on if you post somebody else’s writing, images, photos, or audio-visual material and:

  • you have not acquired permission from the copyright owner to do so; and
  • the material is not yet in the public domain.

Think carefully before you copy and post other people’s work. Only use your own material, unless you have a licence or permission or you are sure that it is no longer in copyright. Ask a legal advisor if you are unsure.

Copyright infringement can lead to termination of your account. Worse still, you could be sued by the copyright owner.

Reporting Copyright Infringement

Contact us if you wish to report a copyright infringement and we will send you a copyright infringement form.

This matter will be taken seriously so please do not make false claims. Repeat infringers will have their account terminated.

Only report an infringement if you are the copyright owner (or the authorised agent of the copyright owner). If you believe that someone else’s copyright has been infringed, please advise the rights owner directly so that they can report the infringement themselves.

We will evaluate your report as quickly as possible and, if everything appears to be in order, remove the content which you believe is infringing. We will notify the person whom you believe has infringed and, with your consent, forward him/her the relevant details provided in your copyright infringement form. This person may then submit a counter notification form if he or she disputes the infringement.

Counter Notification

Fill out and submit the counter-notification form we will send you if you are concerned about the removal of your content or if you dispute a copyright infringement notice that has been issued to you.

We will evaluate your counter-notification form as quickly as possible and, if everything appears to be in order, forward the relevant details to the person who initially reported the infringement.

Your content will be restored if the rights owner does not take any further action against you within 10 business days of receiving the copy of your counter-notice.

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