Frequently Asked Questions

General

What kind of content do you produce?

GovNews delivers news about local, state and federal government across Australia, as well as featuring comprehensive event, product and service listings that are targeted to our core public sector readers.

Our content takes an in-depth view on areas that are vital to good governance as well as the day-to-day challenges, solutions and best practices from councils, departments, agencies, associations and organisations across Australia.

Who is the target audience of your news content?

Our content is targeted towards the key purchasing decision makers in local, state and federal governments across Australia.

  • CEOs
  • general managers
  • department heads
  • senior executives
  • CIOs
  • CFOs
  • procurement officers
  • elected representatives
  • professionals doing business with government

GovNews is available to the 188,000 personnel in local government, 1.4 million in state government, and 152,430 in federal government.

What can be posted in Conferences and Events?

If your company or organisation has a conference, event, round table or seminar that you would like to showcase to the public sector, please contact marketing.

GovNews has created a professional listing that includes:

  • Description of your conference or event
  • Date, time and location
  • Speakers list
  • Registration details
  • Corporate logo
  • Image of the venue
  • Details of accommodation
  • Travel requirements
  • URL

Include as much information as possible that will help attract attendees to your conference and event.

What can be posted in Products and Services?

GovNews Products and Services listing showcases companies’ goods and services commonly used by local, state and federal government professionals. Please contact marketing to learn more.

Includes:

  • listing of up to 50 words
  • company overview
  • major projects
  • industry certification or awards
  • company URL
  • contact details
  • social media links

Private sector companies can view our Products and Services listing to see the significant benefits to our readers.

I have a story I would like to contribute, who do I contact?

Please contact the editorial department.

Before submitting editorial content, please read our editorial guidelines, which are located in the question below titled “What do I need to know before submitting an article?”

What do I need to know before submitting an article?

Please refer to our editorial guidelines below:

1. What We Need

Our editorial team is continually looking for articles that are of value to our readers. Articles and features on GovNews are focused on educating our audiences, therefore readers should learn something from your article and then apply that knowledge to their profession.

Content in GovNews includes news articles, special reports, feature articles, how-to guides and short interviews with key government personnel in our 5 Minutes With section.

Educating our audience is of crucial importance. If you are a company wanting to submit, the article must be objective as we allow only one mention of your company’s products or services. We ask that you keep commercialism to a minimum.

It is important that you plan ahead in the editorial process. The process usually takes two months. For example, our deadlines for the Special Reports in our Membership Section are two weeks prior to the publishing date. If you are submitting a regular news story, we will have deadlines on a case by case basis.


2. How to Submit an Article

GovNews accepts article submissions at any time. However, if you have an abstract for a Special Report, please send it to the editorial team two weeks prior to when it goes live on the third Wednesday of every month.

Please make the abstract short and succinct at one paragraph outlining the focus and main points of your article. It will also be helpful to list the benefits to the reader.

Regular news articles should be between 350 to 450 words. Feature Articles in our Special Reports section should be between 500 and 2,000 words. We strongly encourage you to send illustrations and photos to accompany your article.

Please contact editorial to discuss article ideas and pitches, as well as deadlines.


3. Digital Image Requirements

Images are important to illustrate the main theme of an article, so please send as many files as you can. Please also send captions with these images.

As we are an online site, these images need only be 72 dpi resolution, in JPG format.

We will not accept images from the web that are under copyright. They must be either images that you have taken yourself, images under ownership of your organisation, or in the public domain. All images submitted will be duly credited in the caption.

We will not accept images from PDFs or PowerPoint slides or images embedded in Word or text files, Windows Metafiles (WMF), GIF files or BMP files.

If you are unsure about the format of your images, we suggest contacting your media liaison department or a graphic arts agency to produce the images for you. As a result, a better quality image for your article will help you stand out and grab readers’ attention.

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Is GovNews operated by the government or is it independent?

GovNews is an independent news site that is operated by an Australian company and is not associated with other publishers or government organisations.

Can I view GovNews on my mobile or tablet?

Yes, GovNews is a mobile responsive website and can be viewed on any device.

Why is GovNews not showing up properly on my browser?

The site will potentially render differently across various browsers, so we recommend that you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for optimal performance.

Gov Initiatives

What is the Gov Initiatives program?

Gov Initiatives is a program coordinated by GovNews that showcases the most effective and innovative projects and ventures conducted by local, state and federal governments. It is a networking program for public sector bodies to exchange valuable knowledge, insights and share ideas.

The showcased initiatives demonstrate how departments, councils, associations, agencies or organisations have overcome internal challenges or improved the wellbeing of the community.

How do I make a submission to the Gov Initiatives program?

Fill out the form on our Readers Page to receive a welcome e-mail that includes instructions on how to submit an initiative. This e-mail will guide you through the process of making a submission. For further questions, you may contact the editorial team.

What will happen to my Gov Initiatives submission?

Our editorial team will review your initiative after you have submitted the content.

Submissions are directly sent to our editorial department and will be reviewed and if it successfully meets the criteria, it may be selected to feature on GovNews.

A panel of leaders and experts from within the field will select one initiative from each state which can demonstrate one of the following outcomes:

  • Adoption and implementation of best-practice approaches by organisations and individuals
  • Strong networks where participants share resources and acquire new knowledge and skills
  • Improved capacities to develop and maintain sustainable ventures
  • Strengthen services and improve productivity

If you have any further questions, you may contact editorial.

What is the judging process for the Gov Initiatives program?

The annual program will have judges who are leaders within the public sector to select a finalists from each state. These finalists will be recognised for their valued service towards shaping the future of Australia.

The judging process is at state level. Judges are selected from experts and leaders within their field relating to the initiative category. Judging takes place online, which is why only online entries will be accepted into the Gov Initiatives program.

Entries are judged individually – scores are then collated and averaged to achieve a final score. Finalists from each state will be published on our website.

5 Minutes With...

What is 5 Minutes With…?

5 Minutes With… is a prestigious profiling feature showcasing some of the most talented professionals and leaders.

GovNews takes a closer look at these key officials, academics, professionals and leaders within the public and private sectors to gain valuable insight into their expertise. 5 Minutes With… recognises the value of individuals who are developing, delivering and achieving improved services for the future of our cities across Australia.

How do I get profiled in 5 Minutes With…?

Our editorial team selects the key individuals to be profiled in 5 Minutes With…

You may nominate yourself if you feel you have made a major contribution or you are an expert in an industry field or worked on a project that yielded great results or hold a senior position in the public sector.

Nominations can be made for 5 Minutes With… by contacting the editorial team. If you prefer GovNews to keep your details private, you may remain anonymous when nominating your colleague.

eNews

How do I sign up to the eNews?

GovNews has sign-up forms for the eNews on multiple pages across the site. Go straight to the home page, and sign up on the form provided. When you fill out your details and hit submit, you will receive a confirmation e-mail to opt-in. It will ask you to confirm your subscription and you will need to click “Yes, subscribe me to this list”.

I haven’t received an eNews confirmation e-mail – where is it?

If you have signed up to the eNews, but you haven’t received a confirmation e-mail, please check your junk mail folder. The confirmation e-mail will have been sent immediately upon your sign-up.

What will I get in the eNews?

eNews provides the latest news stories about local, state and federal government as well as Gov Initiatives, 5 Minutes With… profiles, Products and Services and upcoming events.

How frequently is the eNews sent out?

Our eNews is delivered every second Wednesday.

Does signing up to the eNews cost anything?

No, subscribing to the eNews is a free service provided by GovNews.

Memberships

How do I become a member?

It is coming soon and will be a private portal for special reports and members only content.

Terms & Conditions

Policy of website

Privacy Policy

The Website GovNews (www.govnews.com.au and related URLs) understands that privacy is important to you and wants your experience online to be as enjoyable and safe as possible. This policy describes how the Site handles your personal information generally and when you use the Site. This privacy policy applies to the Site’s handling of personal information generally and when you use this Site. The Site is bound by the National Privacy Principles as set out in the Australian Privacy Act (Cth) 1988 as amended and the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993.

What Personal Information is collected by the Site?

Visitors to the website provide various kinds of information in several different ways. Some visitors choose to submit personal information through subscription and entry forms and requests for more information, either through e-mails, response devices or other methods. Depending on the service you are accessing, you could be asked at various times to provide information including but not limited to, details such as your name, e-mail address or information about what you like and do not like. When communicating with the Site on-line or paying for services, we may request your credit card number to complete the transaction or your mailing address to ensure delivery.

The Site will not collect sensitive information about you such as details of your race, political beliefs, religion or health. However this may be required where we are providing you with specialised services (such as access requirements for a disability). We need this personal information in order to provide you with our products or services, and so we can provide you with a broad range of information in relation to news, articles, various media formats and services and to assist in delivering a better service to you. This information may be recorded by the Site and updated when additional information is supplied or upon request from you. The contact details of the Site are available when you obtain services from the Site.

Use of Personal Information

The Site uses the personal information collected to provide you with our services and to assist in making your experience with the Site a satisfying one. Information is also collected to establish and maintain proper business records. Your personal information may also be used by the Site to notify you about new products, services or promotions from time to time.

Will your information be given to anyone else?

All personal information collected by the Site is only made available to those authorised individuals who need to handle that information for the purposes outlined in this Policy. In some circumstances, personal information may also be disclosed outside the Site.

For example, we may disclose personal information to third parties to whom the Site contracts out specialised functions (such as mailing houses and printing companies). In such cases we will require an undertaking from such persons to comply with the National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles and do not use the personal information for any purposes beyond the scope of our contract with them.

Personal information may also be disclosed to third parties only for the purpose of completing your transaction with us (for example, your credit card provider), providing the services you have requested and for the purposes of associated administration. The Site will also disclose personal information when required by law and may disclose it when reasonably necessary to assist an enforcement body or to lessen or prevent a threat to individual or public health or safety.

Use of Cookies

The Site may use cookies exclusively for session management. These temporary cookies serve to identify the user during each individual visit to the site (“session”). This is a built-in feature of Active Server Pages (ASP) technology. These cookies are temporarily stored in the user’s browser throughout the course of each individual session. No other use is or can be made of the information contained in these cookies, and there is no trace of individual sessions.

External links on the Site

Other companies, which place advertising or links on the Site, may collect information about you when you view or click on their advertising or content through the use of cookies. Due to the technical operation of the Internet, the Site cannot control this collection of information and accepts no responsibility for this collection, use or disclosure. You should contact these advertisers or content providers if you have any questions about their use of the information they collect.

Similarly, there may be links that will let you leave the Site. The use of information and/or privacy provided by the operator of a linked site as to any information you provide in accessing a linked site is in no way subject to this Privacy Policy. The Site takes no responsibility for any privacy policies or practices of any web sites accessible from the Site, whether or not such practices conform to privacy policies of those sites.

Removal from our lists

If you follow the instructions for “un-subscribing” included as part of the Site’s regular e-mail offers, your name will be removed from the mailing list for that publication/e-mail offer only.

If you do not want to receive e-mail or posted offers from the Site generally please let us know by sending an e-mail message to subscribe@govnews.com or by contacting the Site at the address listed on the site. If you want to be removed from our mailing list, please provide the Site with your complete name and address.

Access and Correction

You have a right to seek access to information, which the Site holds about you (although there are some exceptions to this). You also have the right to ask us to correct information about you which is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date. If you wish to exercise your right under the relevant Privacy Acts to seek access to the personal information held by the Site, then please contact the Site directly.

Please note that in the interests of protecting the privacy of all our customers, if you request details of any personal information held by us, we will need to identify you properly. To do this, we may telephone you or require your current name and address (any former addresses that may assist in identification) and a copy of a form of identification such as a current driver’s licence or passport.

We will assume, unless you tell us otherwise, that your request relates to our current records about you. This will include the personal information about you, which is held on our databases and files. Generally, we will not charge you for our costs of providing access to our current records about you. For legal and administrative reasons, the Site may also store records containing personal information in its archives. You may seek access to the records held by the Site which are not current records, but if you do so, we may charge you for the cost of providing access.

If you are of the view that personal information about you is not accurate, complete or up to date, please provide our Privacy Officer with your request for correction. Any requests for correction will be dealt with promptly.

Is personal information stored safely?

Reasonable steps are taken to ensure the security of personal information from such risks as loss or unauthorised access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure.

Copyright and Proprietary Rights Information?

The Site may contain trademarks, patents, technologies, products, processes or other intellectual property rights of the Site and/or other third parties, or references to the same. No licence, interest or right to or in any such trademarks, patents, technologies, products, processes and other intellectual property rights of the Site and/or other third parties is granted to or conferred upon you. Any reproduction or use of any of the contents of the Site, without the express written consent of the Site Owner or unless expressly authorised by law, is prohibited.

Your Representations and Warranties?

You represent and warrant that:
• all information that you Submit is true and accurate
• all content Submitted by you is owned by you and the Site’s use of such content does not infringe or violate the intellectual property rights or any other rights of any third parties
• you acknowledge that the Site may use information provided through your use of the Site as provided for in the Privacy Policy

Linked Web Sites

The Site may contain links (including, without limitation, sites linked through advertisements) which will enable you to leave the Site. The Site does not review or monitor any web sites linked to the Site and is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any such linked web sites. Your linking to any web sites is at your sole risk and subject to the terms and conditions of those sites. The Site is not responsible for the information, products, or services obtained on such other sites and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your access to or use of such sites. Any links to other sites are provided merely for the convenience of the users of the Site and the inclusion of these links does not imply an endorsement of the linked sites or the content therein.

No Unlawful or Prohibited Use

As a condition of your use of the Site, you warrant that you will not use the Site for a purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Web Policies and notices. Without limitation to the foregoing paragraph, if you use the Site you are solely responsible for any content Submitted by you.

You must not:
• use the Site for any purpose in violation of any Applicable Laws;
• impersonate any person, entity or corporation, or Submit a fictitious name or entity
Submit any content that:
• infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, invasive of another’s privacy, harassing, defamatory, slanderous, vulgar, obscene, hateful, racist, embarrassing or otherwise objectionable to any other person or entity;
• contains any unsanctioned advertising, promotional materials, or any other forms of unsanctioned solicitation, including, without limitation, junk mail, spam, chain letters, or any unsolicited mass distribution of e-mail;
• contains a survey, contest, or pyramid scheme
• contains an improper question or suggestion
• stalk, harass or otherwise harm others;
• distribute viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another computer;
• collect or store personal data about other users of the Site for any purpose;
• induce, entice, solicit, recruit, lure, or attempt to induce, entice, solicit, recruit, or lure other users or any of the Site’s employees, agents or contractors to another web site which, in the Site’s reasonable opinion, is a competitor of the Site
• engage in any other conduct that inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Site

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You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Site, and each of their officers, directors, employees, agents, subcontractors, licensors, and suppliers, from and against all claims, actions or demands, liabilities, and settlements, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising in connection with your use of the Site or resulting from, or alleged to result from, your use of the Site or your violation of these Web Policies.

Governing Law?

These Web Site Terms and Conditions will be governed by the laws of New South Wales, Australia, and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New South Wales, Australia.

General

You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and the Site as a result of this agreement or use of the Site. Any rights not expressly granted to you herein are expressly reserved by the Site. The Site is a direct and intended third party beneficiary of these Web Policies and may enforce these Web Policies directly against you. If any part of these Web Policies is held to be unenforceable, the unenforceable part must be given effect to the greatest extent possible and the remainder will remain in full force and effect.

These Web Policies constitute the entire agreement between the Site and you in relation to the Site, and supersede all other (prior or contemporaneous) communications or displays whether electronic, oral, or written, between the Site and you in relation to the Site. Your use of the Site is conducted electronically and you agree that the Site may communicate with you electronically for all aspects of your use of the Site, including sending you electronic notices.

Editorial Disclaimer

GovNews is a media organisation that engages in the practice of journalism. This means that we have industrial standards and a code of ethics that we measure ourselves against. We strive to ensure that our conduct is proper, ethical, and principled.

We do everything to ensure that the content presented is accurate. In order to maintain accuracy, all of our information is verified by the source. All checks have been made to ensure that this information is as correct as possible. However, due to human error, inaccuracies from time to time are unavoidable. We are not liable for these inaccuracies because we report what we find and what our sources tell us.

The content that is presented on GovNews is under copyright and all rights are reserved.

Content Provided by Contributors

Some of the material available on the site is provided by contributors or associated press. We endeavour to ensure that the content provided is clear, concise and accurate as possible. GovNews will not be held liable for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions in its materials or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part of its materials provided by contributors.

These Web Policies were last updated Thursday 30 April 2015.

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