News & Media

Online Terms and Conditions

Okay, so we just wanted to say play fair, play nice, stay relevant and don't say anything you wouldn't say to someone's face. And if you are the kind of person who says nasty things to people's faces, don't do it here!

But that didn't cut it with the lawyers, so you've got to agree to the stuff below as well, which gives you some more details and also lets you know we won't tolerate no monkey business!

By engaging with CFA online you are agreeing to abide by the following terms and conditions:

Breaching these terms and conditions can result in post or thread deletion, and your user account being suspended temporarily or banned permanently. CFA members are also governed by the usual policies and procedures that apply to your conduct as a member of the organisation.

CFA reserves the right to change, amend, remove or add to these terms and conditions as appropriate, and without notice to you.


CFA invites you to post contributions to the CFA News & Media website and all of our other official online communications channels including the CFA Facebook page and the CFA Get Satisfaction feedback forum.

All content posted must be appropriate and relevant to CFA's areas of responsibility. By posting content to the our online channels you are also authorising its publication in other CFA publications; for example, Brigade magazine.

All news articles on the News & Media site reflect the personal opinion of the authors and not necessarily those of CFA. We retain the right to refuse and edit articles, but ultimately you are responsible for your own content.

By submitting photos / video to our online channels you are accepting that you have read, understood, and adhered to CFA's Photo / Video Guidelines.

Unacceptable content and conduct

CFA reserves the right and discretion to edit, delete, reject or remove any posted content that we deem to be offensive, insulting, and inappropriate or that breaches any of the site’s terms and conditions.

Unacceptable content includes, but is not limited to;

  • material that is obscene, offensive, pornographic, vulgar, profane, indecent or otherwise illegal
  • remarks that racially or religiously vilifies, incites violence or hatred, or is likely to offend, insult or humiliate others based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or any physical or mental disability
  • personal attacks, abuse and threats to cause physical or mental harm
  • content which you know (or is reasonably expected to know) is false, misleading or deceptive
  • content that is defamatory to any person
  • posts or links to pages that contain the aforementioned material
  • any content that CFA deems to be inappropriate
  • Spamming (posting unsolicited, irrelevant and inappropriate content, either to the site or directly to the site’s members), flaming (posting content that is hostile, unconstructive and insulting) and trolling (posting content intended to incite controversy, offence or conflict) are unacceptable. So is advertising, promoting or soliciting any goods or services, or otherwise engaging in trade or commerce.

The above also applies to the Private Messaging facility available in the Forum section.

Email updates

By creating a CFA News & Media account you may receive occasional emails from time-to-time to the email address registered for your account for the purpose of updating you on significant site news or changes. You may unsubscribe from these email updates at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions set out in the email. CFA members will not have the option of unsubscribing from emails sent to their CFA accounts.


You can access and browse the CFA News & Media site without disclosing personal information. CFA News & Media does not collect or record personal information, other than information you may choose to provide to us by registering an account, creating a profile, and via email or chat tools available on the site. Your username and full name will be displayed in the profile section of the site, which other users can access and view. You are responsible for the accuracy of the personal information that you provide.

If you have emailed us, CFA staff will use contact information collected via your email to respond to your request. We will not disclose your personal information without your consent (by creating an account you agree to have your full name displayed in the profile section of the site, viewable by other users) unless disclosure is required or sanctioned by law. You are entitled to gain access to and/or correct any information that CFA has collected about you at any time. If you publish content to CFA News & Media, you agree to have your full name displayed as the author of the content and this will link to other content items you have posted on the site.

For privacy details for our other online channels see the relevant guidelines on those channels.

Technical information

CFA News & Media uses the Google Analytics tracking tool to record visits to this site. Google Analytics uses a cookie that collects anonymous traffic data. A cookie is a block of data that is shared between a web server and a user's browser. Cookies give the server information about a user's identity, preferences or past behaviour. CFA will make no attempt to identify visitors to this site. For more information on Google Analytics, visit

CFA News & Media also uses cookies to automatically record the following clickstream data, for statistical and system administration purposes only:

Your server address;

Your country;

Your top level domain name (e.g. .com, .au, .gov);

The date and the time of your visit to the site;

The pages you accessed and downloaded;

The address of the last site you visited;

Your operating system;

The type of browser you are using;

Your screen resolution;

Internal search behaviour.

To the extent that this data could make you identifiable, CFA will not attempt to identify individuals from the records the server automatically generates unless that is necessary to investigate a breach of law or regulation.

We have implemented technology and security policies, rules and measures to protect the personal information that we have under our control from unauthorised access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction and accidental loss. We will remove personal information from our system where it is no longer required (except where archiving is required).

Reporting breaches of Terms and Conditions of Use

If you think that a posted item, comment or private message is offensive, unsuitable or has in some other way breached these terms and conditions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a link to the item or comment and your reasons for objecting to it. We'll consider whether there are grounds for editing or removing the content and take appropriate action, but you won't necessarily be notified about our decision.


Last Updated: 25 August 2014