Terms of Use

Terms of Use

By using this website you agree to the following Terms of Use.

Contents of the website

The material on this website is provided to you for general information only.  You understand and agree that the Material does not constitute advice and has been prepared for distribution over the internet, without taking into account your particular needs or objectives. You understand and agree that the Material is not a statement or policy and that your use of the Material or any site linked to this website is solely at your own risk. The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne “the Diocese” has taken reasonable care to ensure that the Material is correct and current at the time of publication but makes no warranty, either express or implied, concerning the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness or accuracy of the Material or any Linked Site for any purpose.  We recommend that you obtain your own independent advice before acting on any Material. You understand and acknowledge that the internet is not a secure medium and communications to and from this website may be intercepted or altered in transit.  To the extent permitted by law, the Diocese makes no representation or warranty, either express or implied, that this website or any Linked Site, will be free from anything which may damage any computer used to access this website. We reserve the right to amend, delete, add to, or otherwise revise any information or materials contained on this website at any time on reasonable notice, including these Terms of Use. It is your responsibility to monitor any such changes. If you do not accept a change made by us, to the extent permitted by law, your only remedy is to immediately cease accessing and using this website.


To the extent permitted by law, the Diocese and its employees and agents are not liable for any damages including, and without limitation:
  1. damages for loss of use of data, loss of data, indirect or consequential loss or damage, incurred by or awarded against you or any other person arising out of or in any way connected with the use or performance of personal material submitted to the Diocese; or
  2. any cost, loss, liability or expense arising from death, personal injury or damage to property (including damage to your software, hardware or data) resulting directly or indirectly from your access to the registering website whilst submitting personal material.

Applicable Law

This website (excluding any Linked Sites) is controlled by the Diocese from its offices at 100 Park Rd, Donvale Victoria. These Terms of Use and your use of this website are governed by the laws of Victoria, Australia and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Victoria, Australia. This website may be accessed throughout Australia and overseas. The Diocese makes no representation that the content of this website complies with the laws (including intellectual property laws) of any country outside Australia. If you access this website from outside Australia, you do so at your own risk and you are responsible for ensuring compliance with all laws in the place where you are located.

Linked sites

The Linked Sites are not under the control of the Diocese and the Diocese is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site. The Diocese does not endorse any material on a Linked Site or endorse any associated organisation, product or service. By accessing a Linked Site, you agree to any terms of access or use imposed by that Linked Site. You acknowledge that the Diocese cannot and does not grant any permission, licence or authority to you in respect of the intellectual property rights in a Linked Site.


When you access this website, personal information provided by you is collected by us.  If you have any questions in relation to the treatment of your personal information or would like access to your personal information, please refer to the following Privacy Statement.

Privacy Statement

The Diocese values the privacy of every individual and is committed to handling personal in accordance with the privacy principles contained in the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic). Protecting your privacy by handling your personal information in this manner is an important aspect of our activities. This Website Privacy Statement only applies to websites, webpages and electronic addresses operated, maintained or administered by the Diocese. This privacy statement does not apply to any linked or other web spaces. If you register to use a mobile application which collects personal information, the terms and conditions associated with the application (if any) will govern how that personal information is managed. This privacy statement explains how your personal information will be handled by the Diocese when you access and interact with its web spaces including any service accessible through its web spaces that facilitates interactive information sharing. Examples of web services include social-networking services (e.g. Facebook), wikis (e.g. Wikipedia), blogs, micro-blogs (e.g. Twitter) and web feed services (e.g. RSS feed). The Diocese recommends that you read any terms and conditions (including any privacy statement or policy) that apply to any web service as any such terms and conditions relating to the handling of your personal information by the web service will prevail over this privacy statement to the extent of any inconsistency. The Diocese may update this privacy statement from time to time. Any changes to this privacy statement will be published on this page.

Collection of your personal information

The types of personal information that the Diocese may collect through its web spaces include:
  • your name, email address, telephone number, IP address and other contact or identification detail
  • the content of any online application, enquiry, submission, subscription, survey or complaint that you submit to any of its web spaces
  • the content of any other solicited or unsolicited electronic communication that you send to any of its web spaces
  • any registration information that you provide to use any Web Service which is accessible through any of its web spaces
  • the content of any comments that you post to, or otherwise make available on, any of its web spaces using any web service
  • any other information that you provide to, or make available on, any of its web spaces
  • metadata relating to any electronic communications that you send to any of the Diocese’s web spaces. Examples of metadata include your electronic address, time and date sent, time and date received, unique message identification, message type, message length, etc.
The Diocese relies upon you to ensure that any personal information that you provide to, or make available on, its web spaces is accurate, current, complete and relevant. The Diocese also relies upon you to advise it of any changes to such personal information. You can browse any of the Diocese’s web spaces anonymously without disclosing any of your personal or health information to the Diocese.  However, if you do not provide any information requested on any of the Diocese’s web spaces for the provision of a service then the Diocese may not be able to provide the service to you.

Collection of personal information about other persons

At or before the time that you provide to, or make available on, any of the Diocese’s web spaces any personal information about another person the Diocese relies upon you to take reasonable steps to ensure that the person is aware:
  • that such information will or has been provided to the Diocese
  • how the person can access to his or her information
  • the purposes for which the information was provided to the Diocese
  • to whom the Diocese usually discloses information of that kind
  • any law that requires the information to be provided to the Diocese
  • the main consequences (if any) for the person if all or part of the information is not provided to the Diocese.
You are not required to make a person aware of the above matters where doing so would pose a serious threat to the life or health of any person or would involve the disclosure of information given in confidence.

Use and disclosure of personal information

The Diocese will not use or disclose any personal information that it collects through any of its web spaces unless the use or disclosure is:
  • for the primary purpose for which the information was collected
  • for a secondary purpose related or directly related to the primary purpose for which the information was collected and which the person would reasonably expect required or authorised by law
  • for any other purpose permitted under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) or Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).
Subject to the requirements of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic), the Diocese may need to disclose personal information which it collects through its web spaces to:
  • the Diocese’s service providers which provide website, archival, auditing, professional advisory, banking, mailhouse, delivery, recruitment, call centre, technology, research, utility, security, electronic payment or application processing services
  • organisations acting on your behalf, for example your solicitor or interpreter.

Information provided to web services

Any personal information which you provide to, or make available on, any of the Diocese’s web spaces using any web service may be accessible to other users of the web service who are not officers, employees or contractors of the Diocese and, if the web service is provided by a third party, the third party. Other users of, and third parties which provide, such a web service  may use or disclose your personal information which you provide to, or making available using, the web service for any purpose including for the purpose of sending you unsolicited electronic communications. You acknowledge and agree that the Diocese is not responsible for any such use or disclosure.


The Diocese has implemented technology and security policies to protect the personal information which it collects through its web spaces. When accessing or using any of the Diocese’s web spaces you should be aware that there are risks in transmitting information across the Internet. While the Diocese strives to protect such information, it cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted over the Internet and you do so at your own risk. The Diocese takes reasonable steps to protect personal information collected through its web spaces from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure. The Diocese will also take reasonable steps to remove personal information from its system where it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected or any other purpose (including archiving) which is permitted in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).

Web Statistics and data collection

The Diocese uses web analytics software to collect usage statistics for its web spaces. This information is not used by the Diocese to identify you or match your identity with any of your personal information.

Clickstream Data

The following non-personal information may be automatically recorded by the web server of any of the Diocese’s web spaces for statistical and system administration purposes:
  • your server address
  • 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.
To the extent that any clickstream data could make you identifiable, the Diocese will not attempt to identify you from such clickstream data unless necessary for the investigation of unlawful activity or otherwise permitted under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).


Like many others, the Diocese’s web spaces and web services accessible through the Diocese’s web spaces may use cookies from time to time. Cookies are small data files that a web space or web service places on a user’s hard drive to record aspects of that user’s experience of the web space or web service respectively. Cookies are not used to identify you or record any of your personal information. The default settings of your browser may allow some or all cookies, but you can easily take steps to erase cookies from your hard-drive, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored on your hard-drive. However, a web space or web service may not function fully if you disallow cookies.

Access and correction

To request access to, or correction of, any of your personal information held by the Diocese, please contact us using the privacy contact details below to find out about access and correction procedures. You can request access to your personal information directly without the need to make a formal application under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic). However, there are situations where it will not be appropriate to provide such access, and you will be required to make a formal freedom of information request, for example, where providing access would compromise the privacy of another person.  

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