Staff and contractors of the Department of Education (the Department) must only use telecommunication resources, including computer hardware, Internet, intranet, electronic mail, faxes, telephones (fixed and mobile), for purposes that are legal, ethical and consistent with the aims, values and ethos of the Department. Staff must not deliberately access, download, store or send materials of a pornographic, racist, sexist, inflammatory, hateful, obscene or abusive nature.
Personal use of telecommunication resources is permitted provided it is not for commercial gain or in any way counter productive to the business of the Department.
Staff and contractors of the Department of Education must treat electronic messages sent or received in the course of business transactions as public records. These messages are subject to the Department's Records Management Policy in the same way as any other Departmental records.
Principals must ensure that procedures are developed to manage student use of on-line services such as email, the Internet and other web-based services at their school.
Line managers are responsible for the management of telecommunications resources.