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| Goals | Guiding principles | Scope and priorities | Add your website criteria |
| Access policy | Interpretation and application | Definitions of categories |

To improve and develop online access to, and participation in, Australia's cultural and recreational activities by listing and indexing all Australian websites covered by this policy.

'Listing' means website names and brief details will be listed in our search results, with a direct link to the website. 'Indexing' means that, in addition to listing, all text content of a website will be indexed enabling searches of content via our search engine.

Guiding principles
In selecting websites for listing and indexing our Guiding principles are to:

  • Provide a quality service focused on Australian culture and recreation.
  • Ensure links to all websites which are covered by this policy.
  • Encourage the ongoing uptake and further development of online services throughout the Australian cultural and recreational communities.
  • Take all care but accept no responsibility in providing this service - read our Disclaimer notice.

Core scope and priorities
The task of identifying, listing and indexing Australian cultural and recreational websites is a major undertaking, especially in the current rapidly changing Internet environment. Consequently, we give priority to national, state and major regional organisations, peak bodies and resources of particular importance.

We will endeavour to list and index all Australian websites which satisfy our Add your website policy. However, there may be exceptions where, for example, a site is itself a searchable directory, database or catalogue; or a site has been suggested to us but is a lower priority according to this policy or where there are technical reasons which prevent us from indexing a site (for example, where a website has a robot exclusion facility). In these instances most websites will be listed but not indexed. 

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Add your website criteria
All websites are assessed individually before being listed and indexed, and reassessed periodically. Sites suggested via our Web Managers website suggestion form are not processed automatically. Taking our Guiding principles, scope and initial priorities into account, preference is given to websites which are both current and clear. Decisions are made on an assessment of both of these criteria considered together and neither criterion is necessarily more important than the other.

Preference is given to websites which are most up-to-date; that is, updated at least monthly. Sites which are 'under construction', contain obviously out of date material or have broken links generally will not be listed and indexed. There will be some exceptions. Out of date sites where the material is nonetheless still relevant and useful, for example, annual festivals, conference papers, and innovative online cultural experiences which assist this policy's primary goal, may be listed and indexed.

Where further priorities need to be made preference will be given to sites which are most up-to-date, which also satisfy the clarity criterion and other aspects of this policy.

Preference is given to websites which are easy to use with clear instructions, correct functioning and friendly navigation. A unique homepage domain name (for example, www.yourname.com.au - a 'virtual host' rather than www.ispname.com.au/yourname - a 'shared host') with clear and logical directory names and structures are favoured.

Websites which are difficult to use, have low level navigation or image and other source code and functional errors, do not have a clear and easy to find description about themselves and, in the case of an organisation, do not clearly display location and contact details, will not generally be listed or indexed.

Where further priorities need to be made preference will be given to sites which are most easy to use, display no source code or technical errors, do not use framesets and which also satisfy the currency criterion as well as other aspects of this policy.

If your site is not listed, or listed but not indexed, it is most likely that it falls outside these priorities and criteria.

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Access policy
The primary objective of the Culture and Recreation Portal, as defined in our Mission statement, is to improve and develop online access to, and participation in, Australia's cultural and recreational activities. While we do apply selection criteria in deciding which websites to list, index and link to, we do not use any filtering software in providing these services.

Consequently, users who may be concerned about retrieving and viewing material which they think may be offensive to them - or who exercise a supervisory role with others - should consider installing suitable filtering software on their computers to avoid downloading potentially offensive material. 

Interpretation and application of this policy

In interpreting and applying this policy we are aiming to balance improving online access to Australian cultural resources and experiences against the need to provide a focused high quality service within the resources available. Consequently, up-to-date, comprehensive and easy to use online services which are at the edge of, or outside, our core scope and priorities may not be listed and indexed while less well developed online services at the core of our scope and priorities may be listed.

Websites which are submitted by people using our Add your website - form form are considered before we go searching for new sites to add. (Please check that your site is not already listed before you suggest it!)

Multiple categories
We categorise websites mainly according to their primary function (as defined in our ‘Definitions of categories’ below) but also to their most closely related categories. For example, ‘Cinema Papers’ is primarily ‘print, radio and tv’ but is closely related to ‘film and video’ and can also be found under that category.

We are generally applying these criteria with some flexibility and some variation from site to site. The prime purpose of the portal is to provide access to information and services which may be of value to the user, so where possible an appropriate judgement will be made on this basis.

Definitions of categories
Definitions are derived from the Culture and Recreation Thesaurus accepted by the Culture and Recreation Advisory Committee. Select from the menu below to jump to a category definition.

| Archives, libraries and museums | Built, natural and historic heritage | Community arts |
| Festivals and events | Film, video and interactive media | Galleries |
| Government organisations and services | History | Indigenous arts, culture and heritage | Literature |
| Music | New media arts | Organisations and networks | Performing arts |
| Print, radio and TV | Science | Sport and recreation | Visual arts and crafts |

Archives, libraries and museums
Websites of specific archives, libraries and museums including related professional and industry bodies, such as conservators and interest groups. Includes portals providing industry-wide links to websites, for example for archives and museums, and links to special collections held by institutions for which separate websites or portals have been developed, such as image or picture collections. Includes websites of related industry services and resources such as journals and consulting services.

ARCHIVES - Organisations whose primary function is the permanent preservation of unique records created by government agencies, non-government organisations or individuals.

LIBRARIES - National, State, Territory, public and other libraries. In particular, National, State and Territory libraries responsible for the acquisition, conservation, lending or reference of all significant publications issued nationally or in each state or territory, and functioning as deposit libraries. Public libraries funded by state and local government, primarily engaged in the provision of a free library service to local communities. All other libraries primarily engaged in the provision of a free library service and which are accessible to the public.

MUSEUMS - National, State, Territory and other major museums, whose primary functions are to engage in museum services including collection acquisition, research, conservation, communication and exhibition of the material evidence of people, their culture and their environment for the purposes of study, education and enjoyment by the public and specialists.

Built, natural and historic heritage
Websites of organisations, businesses and individuals involved in the identification, preservation, protection and promotion of areas, sites and places of cultural heritage significance including built, indigenous, natural and historic heritage.

BUILT HERITAGE - Buildings or structures, and their environment, created during the period of European settlement in Australia, that are on the Register of the National Estate, the register of the National Trust of Australia and/or State and Territory Government registers. Organisations whose primary function is the permanent preservation of those buildings or structures. Buildings and structures included are those due to their importance to the nation's cultural heritage and their historic, scientific, aesthetic, social or architectural value and may or may not be open to the general public.

NATURAL HERITAGE - Natural heritage covers areas used for outdoor recreation (other than sporting) such as national or state parks or reserves, and other natural areas on the Register of the National Estate or similar State or Territory registers. Organisations whose primary function is the management, conservation and/or preservation of natural heritage areas and/or native flora and fauna.

INDIGENOUS HERITAGE - Organisations and individuals involved in the primary preservation of indigenous cultural heritage. Preservation includes organisations or individuals whose primary function is the permanent preservation of indigenous sites, areas, structures or other features (including their settings), of historic, scientific, aesthetic, social or other special or traditional value, listed on the Register of the National Estate or similar State or Territory Registers.

Community arts
Websites relating to community arts and community cultural development practices, activities and projects. Includes professional artists working with communities to advance their artistic and social aspirations. Through these collaborations communities are assisted to maintain or reclaim their culture, to address issues of concern to them and to create contemporary artistic works which reflect the richness and diversity of Australian communities and their cultural life. The outcomes of community art projects may include all or any artforms.

Festivals and events
Websites developed by organisations supporting, providing event services, or managing specific cultural indoor or outdoor cultural festivals, exhibitions or events. Festivals may embrace a number of different artforms, for example Adelaide Festival of Arts Inc., or be limited to a specific form, for example, the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Film, video and interactive media
Organisations whose primary function is the production, distribution or exhibition of motion pictures (on film or video tape), using performers, animated techniques and prepared scripts, for screening in cinemas, viewing at home on video players or broadcasting and narrowcasting (terrestrial, cable or satellite) of reception by television. Interactive media organisations, service providers and facilities may be integrated with film and video but include a separate industry involved in the use of new technologies for, for example, web design, CD-ROM production and provision of services online. Includes organisations which regulate and control the industry, Cooperative Multimedia Centres, industry associations, interest groups and businesses which provide services to the industry.

Websites of public and private organisations whose primary function is the acquisition, management, conservation, exhibition and research of all forms of artworks for education and enjoyment. Commercial galleries which market and sell finished objects such as paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, ceramics/pottery, textiles, woodcraft, furniture, or jewellery.

Government organisations and services
Organisations whose primary function is government arts and heritage, sport and recreation administration at national, state and territory, or local level.

This category includes websites relating to the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture, European settlement of Australia, and websites focussing on significant Australian topics, events and individuals. Websites relating to the discipline of history including professional and interest groups, consulting historians and links to historical research collections.

Indigenous arts, culture and heritage
Organisations and individuals involved in the primary creation or preservation of indigenous arts, culture and heritage in any media, artform or any other form of cultural expression.

Websites of individuals and organisations involved in primary literary creation, publishing or other literature service providers. Literature encompasses written material intended to entertain or inform. Products include articles, biographies, essays, libretti, plays, poems and literary works of fiction and non-fiction. Forms of publication include all types of hard copy and soft copy.

Individuals and organisations involved in primary music creation, performing and publishing and other music service providers, including music material intended to entertain or inform. Products include live performances, recordings and sheet music. 

New media arts
Individuals and organisations involved primarily in experimentation with new forms of expression and exploration of hybrid art practices involving interdisciplinary practice, technologies or established art forms. This interdisciplinary arts practice crosses artistic and cultural boundaries, transcends discrete artform boundaries and is influenced by practice outside single artistic disciplines or by practices in other discipline (e.g. science).

Organisations and networks
Websites of non-government organisations including professional associations, interest groups, industry representative bodies, peak industry bodies (responsible for representation of a whole sector or profession such as museums, libraries, film etc.), networking organisations and virtual/online networks in the culture and recreation sectors.

Performing arts
Websites of professional, and some community organisations, artsworkers and performance companies whose primary function is to present live performances to the general public. Performing arts comprises theatre and dance. Includes industry support services and information services for the industry and audiences..

Print, radio and TV
Websites relating to the print, radio and television media in Australia. Includes major daily newspapers and publications relating to the cultural industries including those produced in hard copy and/or online. Radio and television includes organisations whose primary function is production, broadcasting or narrowcasting of programs via government, commercial or community services. Training, regulatory and community or special interest organisations directly related to media production, distribution and broadcasting are also included.

Websites of organisations involved in administration, research, preservation, history and promotion of science. Includes scientific and related cultural organisations; national, state and territory science organisations; scientific facilities including public educational facilities. Websites include activities and information which encourage public participation and understanding of particular scientific disciplines.

Sport and recreation
Websites of national, state and territory sporting organisations, sporting competitions, community sports organisations and clubs, academies and institutes of sport and special sporting events organisations. Includes sports related services and information such as ticketing, venue information, match and competition results, history and heritage of sport and websites relating to sporting stars.

Visual arts and crafts
Websites of individuals and organisations involved in primary visual arts/craft creation, including artists, dealers, curators and industry support and development services such as lobbying, marketing and training/professional development. Products include one-off, or a limited series of paintings, murals, drawings, cartoons, prints, photographs, video-electronic images or temporal works of art, sculpture, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, textile art, fashion, woodwork, furniture and musical instruments.

We welcome your feedback on our "Add your website policy" so we can make this a better service for you. Please email your comments to editor@cultureandrecreation.gov.au.


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