The following sets out some relevant matters you should consider before and whilst using any VICNET services.
Users shall NOT:
a. send e-mails or post messages which are unlawful, excessively large (> 5 Mb), obscene, vilifying, or contain libellous content.
b. send unsolicited advertisements (“Spam”), chain letters or similar e-mails.
c. use VICNET as a relay for e-mail without VICNET's express permission
d. modify the sender, time, server or other header information of e-mails.
e. send large numbers of e-mail to one address with the purpose of interfering with the use of that address.
f. Accumulate email in a mailbox to a volume larger than 5 Mb on the VICNET server without downloading it. In such circumstances, VICNET may, amongst other things and in its sole discretion, return or bounce all emails sent to such a mailbox.
VICNET may in its sole discretion and without notice remove any domain which either by support or inaction allows the sending of Spam.
- Newsgroups and E-mail Lists
a. Commercial advertisements and off topic posts and e-mails are unwelcome in most USENET discussion groups and on most e-mail mailing lists. Each Newsgroup focuses on a particular, well defined and narrow set of topics.
b. Users need to read the Newsgroup's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) as to the appropriate etiquette for the group/list before posting.
- VICNET reserves the right to cut off services or ports which may adversely affect other networks or internet based services, such as:
a. Mail servers used on a connection with a dynamic IP address.
b. open proxy servers for example socks, wingate, squid.
c. ports which can be used to pose a security threat.
- Illegal Activities
a. Users are not permitted to use multiple logins (including multilink).
b. Cancellation requests or password or account name changes are not accepted via phone or e-mail.
c. Harassment or abuse, whether physical, verbal or written, of other users or VICNET staff members, may in the sole discretion of VICNET result in the cancellation of the user's VICNET account(s).
d. Users must not display inappropriate materials or use inappropriate language whilst using the services (see Illegal Activities above).
e. In providing internet access or facilitation of internet access to those under 18 years, users should consider restricting that access by use of filtering software. For more information relating to filtering software, see http://www.vicnet.net.au/legal-information/22-contentregulation.htm
f. VICNET recommends that all users install an anti-virus program and update it regularly.
- Removal of Inappropriate Content
VICNET reserves the right to take appropriate action, without notice, to remove any content deemed inappropriate, and any user or group in breach of this Acceptable Use Policy. For quality control purposes, VICNET also reserves the right to remove without notice any content or user or group that allows its members to breach this Acceptable Use Policy including, but not limited to:
a. promoting or carrying out illegal activities, terrorism or violence
What sort of content is inappropriate? Material usually referred to as pornography, adult content, violence, hate, aggression, racism, gambling, warez or copyright violation, etc. Also material of blatantly commercial nature, get-rich-quick schemes, temporary or half-finished sites etc. This material, and any links to it, will be removed without notice.
b. hacking, spamming, phishing, spreading viruses or trojans
c. adult content and pornography (including child pornography)
d. offensive or defamatory material
e. breaches of copyright
Regarding defamation allegations, VICNET will take down content on the basis that it may contain material allegations which may be actionable and inappropriate, in accordance with our obligations under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, schedule 5.
VICNET is funded by the Victorian Government of Australia. Whilst people can access Vicnet from anywhere in the world, all content must be relevant to Australians. Content or groups with no perceived interest, value or relevance to the Victorian community in Australia may be removed, without notice.
- Please supply Vicnet with any examples of infringements of the Acceptable Use Policy that are encountered. Include the complete e-mail message, web page URL, Posting or usenet article (include all x-headers) and logon or attempted cracking or probing time (plus your time zone information) and send to VICNET Sales and Service, 328 Swanston St Melbourne 3000 Victoria Australia or by e-mail to
- VICNET reserves the right to alter this document at any time and it is the responsibility of VICNET Users to have read the most up-to-date VICNET Acceptable Use Policy.