In accordance with Australian Government policy, the Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau) 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.

Licensing of website material

All material presented on this website is available for use subject to the terms of the website's disclaimer and under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence, with the exception of:

  • the Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • all photographs and videos on the website unless specifically expressed to be subject to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence
  • content supplied by third parties
  • water market reports, and
  • other materials specifically not provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia 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 License


Material obtained from this website and in which copyright is owned by the Commonwealth of Australia is to be attributed as:

© Commonwealth of Australia (Bureau of Meteorology) 2015.

Where an individual is identified as the author or creator of material on this website, you should attribute that individual as the author or creator in accordance with the moral rights provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).Note that this requirement is in addition to attributing the material to the copyright owner, i.e. the Bureau of Meteorology or a consenting third party (as the case may be).

Third party copyright

Wherever a third party owns copyright in material presented on this website, the copyright remains with that party. Their permission may be required to use the material and you should contact that party directly.

The Bureau has made all reasonable efforts to:

  • clearly label material where the copyright is owned by a third party, and
  • ensure that the copyright owner has consented to the material being presented on this website.

Water market reports

The water market reports on this website are generated by the Bureau , based on data provided by third party data suppliers.

The Bureau's default terms of use

Where no terms of use are associated with a set of material, 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.

Using the Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia

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 intended to allow use of the material without complying with the applicable terms 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

Contact us

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