The NSW Government is committed to enhancing the public availability, dissemination and exchange of information. To that end, the Fostering NSW website has been established to enable you to quickly and easily access information on the Internet in relation to foster care.

The Fostering NSW site features hypertext links to other Internet sites which contain information collated and presented by third-party organisations and individuals.

The providers of the linked sites often have their own protocols and standards in relation to their sites and the information which appears at them. We urge you to familiarise yourself with these protocols and standards since the NSW Government can not warrant and does not represent that the linked sites are complete, current, reliable and/or free from error.

The NSW Government cannot accept responsibility or liability for any loss, damage, cost or expense you might incur as a result of the use of or reliance upon the materials which appear at the Fostering NSW website or the linked sites.

The Fostering NSW site is not intended to be, and should not be relied upon as, the ultimate and complete source of information on foster care. It is not intended to provide professional advice in relation to a specific situation.

Bearing in mind the importance of freedom of expression to our democratic society, the NSW Government does not necessarily endorse or support the views, opinions, standards or information expressed at the linked sites. Similarly, you should not interpret the absence of a link from the Fostering NSW site to any particular third-party site as a criticism or comment by the NSW Government on the provider or content of that site.


The Fostering NSW websites makes a record of your visit for statistical purposes.

What information do we collect?
When you look at the pages on our site, our computers automatically record information that identifies, for each page accessed:

  • the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the machine which has accessed it
  • your top-level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc.)
  • the address of your server
  • the date and time of your visit to the site
  • the pages accessed and documents downloaded
  • the previous site visited
  • the type of browser and operating system you have used.

How do we use the information collected?
The information collected during each visit is logged and presented in reports in order for Fostering NSW to identify patterns of usage of the site. This will assist us in improving the site and the services offered on it.

Fostering NSW will not disclose or publish information that identifies individual machines, or potentially identifies sub-groupings of addresses, without consent or otherwise in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988

What exceptions are there to this rule?
Fostering NSW reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of the Fostering NSW website raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed.

In the event of an investigation, Fostering NSW will provide access to data, to any law enforcement agency that may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.

Is personal information collected?
Fostering NSW collects personal information only when the user submits it (for example when using the online enquiry form or fostering forum).

The personal information is used to carry out the purpose for which it was collected.

In the case of the online enquiry form, contact information may be disclosed to third parties to complete the online enquiry made by the user. The information submitted may be retained for quality improvement purposes.

All reasonable precautions are taken to ensure that all data is stored securely and cannot be accessed by non-authorised persons.

Any privacy concerns relating to this website should be directed to the website manager