Most of our web pages use "cookies". A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our websites and also allow us to improve our websites.
Types of cookies we use
We use the following types of cookies:
- strictly necessary cookies – these are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies the services you have asked for, like online application forms, cannot be provided;
- performance cookies – these cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the website works; and
- functionality cookies – these cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, these cookies can be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of the web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Specific cookies we use
Cookies may be set either by the Department's website ("first party cookies"), or by a third party website ("third party cookies").
Where our websites are built using Joomla a session cookie will be set, which maintains session state by remembering whether you are logged in or not.
We also make use of Google Analytics, which sets cookies to collect information about how visitors use our site. This information is collected in an anonymous form. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information such as the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
Changes to our Cookie Statement
Any changes we may make to our Cookie Statement in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you.