Social Media Terms of Use

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) uses a range of social media channels to inform, engage, communicate with and learn from stakeholders and the Australian community.


The IDPwD Twitter profile is used to:

  • distribute news, announcements, activities, event notices and updates related to IDPwD, and people with disability
  • highlight initiatives and activities by the Australian Government
  • share multimedia from relevant events and campaigns
  • address community enquiries.

The IDPwD social media team may choose to follow organisations and individuals involved with, or actively discussing relevant issues. Individuals and organisations choosing to follow IDPwD on Twitter may be followed in return. You may request that IDPwD stop following you by tweeting a request to the account, contacting us or by blocking IDPwD’s account using the block function in Twitter. You are reminded that Twitter is a public space on the Internet and most interactions are publicly viewable and searchable over time.


The IDPwD Facebook page is used to:

  • distribute feature stories related to IDPwD, and people with disability
  • share multimedia from relevant events or campaigns
  • address community enquiries.

IDPwD may choose to follow organisations and community groups interested or actively discussing relevant topics. You may request IDPwD ‘Unlike’ you by messaging us on Facebook or contacting us. You are reminded that Facebook is a public space on the internet and many interactions are publicly viewable and searchable over time. For more information visit Facebook Privacy Policy.

Social Media FAQ

Will you respond to my enquiry?

Where possible, IDPwD will respond to enquiries and direct messages sent via our social media accounts in the same manner as the team replies to emails, post and phone. Our responses should be considered as comparatively informal, similar to a telephone call.

I want to publicise my event on the IDPwD Facebook Wall. How can I do this?

IDPwD receives many requests to publicise and support a variety of disability related events.

We determine which events we publicise on the IDPwD Facebook Wall and through Status Updates and Tweets by assessing content against four criteria:

  1. Is the event in the interest of, and of interest to, people with disability in Australia?
  2. Is the event of a large scale, national or international?
  3. Is there a website or link available for finding more information?
  4. Will the Minister or Parliamentary Secretary be attending or making an announcement/s at the event?

Events that meet at least three criteria will be considered for posting.

Following and Sharing

From time to time, IDPwD may choose to amplify (e.g. ‘retweet’, ‘share’ or reference) social media content (e.g. tweets, events, posts) that contains information or otherwise link to material related to the Department of Social Services portfolio. Such amplification by IDPwD does not constitute endorsement unless accompanied by an explicit note of endorsement.

When are social media accounts monitored?

The IDPwD team periodically monitors accounts during business hours (Australian Eastern Time). The accounts may also be intermittently monitored outside business hours subject to staff availability.

Participation Guidelines

We aim to post relevant, interesting content and welcome your comments and suggestions. We want all members of our social media networks to feel comfortable entering into informed debate and discussion. We want this to be an open and honest forum. We also want posts to be courteous and not cause offence, especially to any participants under the age of 18.

In participating, you will be deemed to have agreed to the following terms of use:

  • be respectful of other users of this site.
  • stay on topic and don’t upload content or post a comment that is unrelated to the purpose of our profile.
  • don’t post or upload content of a partisan political nature.
  • don’t post or upload content that is offensive, inflammatory or provocative, including swearing or obscene or vulgar comments.
  • don’t post or upload content that is discriminatory.
  • don’t post or upload content that breaks the law or encourage others to do so. This includes defamation, breaching privacy, breaching another person’s intellectual property rights such as copyright, condoning illegal activity and contempt of court.
  • don’t post personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details relating either to you or to other individuals.
  • don’t impersonate or falsely claim to represent a person or an organisation.
  • don’t make any commercial endorsement or promotion of any product, service or publication.

This site is moderated and taking the above into consideration, we reserve the right to remove any of the following as not complying with acceptable use:

  • comments, links or images that are partisan political in nature.
  • comments, links or images that are obscene, profane or hateful in nature.
  • comments, links or images that are sexist, racist or discriminatory.
  • comments that threaten any person or organisation.
  • comments that defame or harass an individual.
  • successive off-topic posts by a single user.
  • links to off-topic personal profiles, groups or pages not related to disability.
  • repetitive posts copied and pasted or duplicated by single or multiple users.
  • solicitations or advertisements for any political party.
  • comments that encourage illegal activity.

In the event of a post being taken down because it doesn’t comply with acceptable use, the author will be informed of the reason and given the opportunity to resubmit.

Third party sites or profiles linked from our social media accounts are not controlled, maintained or endorsed by IDPwD (with the exception of the IDPwD website).

To the extent permitted by law, IDPwD is not responsible or liable for any content posted on or uploaded to this site by a user or any content on third party sites linked to this site.


IDPwD is committed to social inclusion, and as such provides support for people with disabilities.

We’ve provided some links to further information about social media and accessibility:

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