Terms of use

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) social media sites are public forums. To ensure everyone can participate without being exposed to inappropriate content, offensive language or discriminatory views we have guidelines which you must follow.

Please be aware that once you post any information online, there is a potential for unlimited access and/or dissemination of such information, unlimited by time. As a result, we strongly suggest that you exercise caution when posting information on our or any social media sites. We may also be obliged to store certain information posted on our social media sites.

By joining, using or participating in any of the department’s social media you have agreed to adhere to the following guidelines.

Do not post:

  • anything inflammatory, vexatious, offensive or otherwise inappropriate
  • anything about matters currently before Queensland Courts or Tribunals
  • spam for example other people's appeals, requests or offers
  • in order to promote a business or other commercial interest
  • content or comments of a political nature
  • offensive material or language or a link to offensive material
  • any personal or sensitive information about others that would reveal their identity.

Any comments that contradict these guidelines will be removed, and people with repeated violations may be blocked from all of our social media channels. Our employees should adhere to the department’s code of conduct when posting anything on social networking sites such as Facebook.

Social media disclaimer

Our social media sites may link to pages and/or sites which are not under the control of the Department of Environment and Science (DES) or the State of Queensland. No representation or warranty is made by the department regarding the content of any such page or site. Merely because links are made to third party sites does not mean that the department promotes or endorses any of those sites. It is possible that adverse consequences, including viruses or loss of privacy, may result from use of third party sites.

The opinions and/or views expressed on these sites represent the thoughts of individual bloggers and online communities, and not necessarily those of the department or any of its officers, staff or employees. The opinions and/or views expressed on these sites do not necessarily reflect the views of the site they are posted on, other sites affiliated with the site, the staff involved in maintaining the site or any members of the site.

All links to other sites on our social media pages are provided only as a service to users. Such linkage does not constitute endorsement by the department of those sites, or of any information, product or service depicted on those sites. We are not responsible for the content of external sites.

You assume full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from your downloading and/or use of files, information, other communications, content or other material (including, but not limited to, software or malware) accessed through or obtained by means of social media sites.

We accept no responsibility for decisions or actions taken as a result of any data, information, statement or advice, expressed or implied, being contained within. We recommend that you exercise your own skill and care with respect to your use of information or material posted on social media and that you carefully evaluate the accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance of the material contained on social media or any linked website.

The department reserves the sole right to review, edit and/or delete any comments it deems are inappropriate.

By submitting content to any of the department’s social media sites, you understand and acknowledge that this information is available to the public and as such, is considered a public record.