Terms of use

Blog site – Terms of use

We welcome your comments and encourage open discussions on this blog site. When contributing your views to DFAT social media services, please ensure that you:

  • do protect your personal privacy and that of others by not including personal information about yourself or others in your comments, (such as names, email addresses, private addresses or phone numbers)
  • do post material to the forum that is relevant to the issues being consulted on
  • do represent your own views and do not impersonate or falsely represent any other person
  • do not abuse, harass or threaten others
  • do not make defamatory or slanderous comments
  • do not use insulting, provocative or hateful language
  • do not use obscene or offensive language
  • do not post material to the forum that infringes the intellectual property rights of others
  • do not post multiple versions of the same view to the forum
  • do not incite, encourage or make reference to conduct that may constitute a criminal or civil offence or otherwise violate Australian law
  • do not promote commercial interests in your posts to the forum
  • do not post comments promoting personal professional interests
  • do not include internet addresses, videos, images or any email addresses, in your contribution
  • do not post overtly political comments (e.g. reference to candidates, fundraisers, support for political parties).

Do not post anything which:

  • racially or religiously vilifies others,
  • incites, induces or aids violence, discrimination, harassment, victimisation or hatred towards others, or
  • Is likely to offend, insult or humiliate others, particularly on the basis of their race, colour, descent, national origin, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or any disability.

DFAT’s full Social Media Disclaimer is available on the DFAT website. It informs the public about the department’s policies with regard to the information conveyed on its official social media accounts and sets out the acceptable terms of use in more detail.

We may at any time, without notice to you, revise this policy and any other information contained in this page. If you believe we have made a mistake, please email us, so that we can address the issue, at nzinbox@dfat.gov.au