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Your rights to use material on Bureau websites

In accordance with Australian Government policy, the Bureau of Meteorology aims to make public sector information available on an open and reusable basis where possible, including on its websites (;;;

Most material on the Bureau websites will be protected by copyright held by the Bureau or a supplier of information to the Bureau. Your right to use this material may be permitted under:

An Open Access Licence

A Creative Commons (CC) Attribution 3.0 licence. The terms and conditions of the relevant CC licences are at Where this applies, the material will be marked with a CC logo such as:

  • creative commons attribution license logo

A Public Access Licence (PAL). The terms and conditions of the relevant PAL licences are at Where this applies, the material will be marked with a PAL logo such as:

  • public access license logo

The Bureau's default terms of use

Where no terms of use are associated with a set of material, then you may download, use and copy that material for personal use, or use within your organisation but you may not supply that material to any other person or use it for any commercial purpose. Any use under these default terms must comply with the following:

  • the Bureau must be identified as the source of the material and a prominent link included to the Bureau web page from which the material was sourced
  • any copyright statement or logo included on, or in connection with, a set of material must be retained
  • all text or graphical re-presentation of forecasts must include the issue time and date and the validity of the period and must precisely reproduce any warnings associated with the material

Where an Open Access Licence does not apply, or you wish to use the material outside of the Bureau's default terms of use, you must apply for a Bureau Access Agreement.

Please note that there may be different or additional conditions associated with some of the available material. Be sure to check the licensing information for each set of material you wish to use which may require you to contact the original copyright owner for permission to use the material. Use of images (including satellite images) and the Commonwealth Coat of Arms are subject to the terms set out below. You may use also use any material in accordance with rights you have under the Copyright Act 1968 (for example under the fair dealing provisions or statutory licences).

Use of images

Unless otherwise stated, all images (including background images, icons and illustrations) on Bureau websites are copyright of their owners and you must obtain the permission of those owners to use such images.

Use of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms

The terms under which the Commonwealth Coat of Arms can be used are detailed on the It's an Honour website.

No circumvention of terms

You are entitled to use material on Bureau websites in accordance with the applicable terms above, noting that material such as Water Data is generally available under generous open access terms including a right to distribute and modify material. The use of any material on the Bureau websites obtained through use of automated or manual techniques including any form of scraping or hacking is prohibited.

'scraping' includes page, content, screen or web scraping amongst others, and is the process of extracting information from websites usually by converting unstructured website content (usually HTML) into structured data.

Use of material in a way not permitted on the websites, or otherwise in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968 may be an infringement of copyright. Infringing copyright may expose you to legal action by, and liability to, the copyright owner.

Where you wish to use material in a way that is beyond the scope of the terms of use that apply to it, you must first obtain the agreement of the Bureau's copyright officer:

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Contact us if you have any other questions or requests relating to material presented on any of the Bureau of Meteorology websites.

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