Students (under 18)
Under 18 and need internet access? Not so fast! Please keep reading...
Your Usage Quota
You have UNLIMITED access to all University online resources including: online education resources, library resources and email. However, due to University policy, you are NOT permitted to access external (non-University) internet sites unless you submit written consent from a parent, guardian, teacher or other responsible adult.
Want to know why you need a consent form? See the Commonwealth Government Content Codes below.
Did you know that you must use the internet in accordance with University policy?
Internet usage for purposes such as torrents, streaming and other material that doesn’t apply under the Acceptable Use Policy will be monitored and policed by the University. Please read the policy here! (IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy)
Familiar with your obligations? Complete the Under 18 Access consent form now!
More questions? Contact the Service Desk on +61 8 8313 3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Commonwealth Government Content Codes and the University
In 1999, the Commonwealth government made several changes to the Broadcasting Services Act (1992) relating to the internet. The Act authorised the establishment of industry-developed Content Codes, and gave approved Codes the force of law.
Several codes have subsequently been developed and approved. They impose several obligations upon "internet service providers" (ISPs) and "internet content hosts" (ICHs), including the following restrictions relating to persons under the age of 18 years:
Content Code 1: Internet Service Provider obligations in relation to Internet access generally
5.1 ISPs will take reasonable steps to ensure that Internet access accounts ('access accounts') are not provided to persons under the age of 18 years without the consent of a parent, teacher or other responsible adult.
Content Code 3: Internet Content Host obligations in relation to hosting of content within Australia
7.1 To the extent applicable, each Internet Content Host will take reasonable steps to ensure that content subscription accounts for content hosted by the Internet Content Host ('subscription accounts') are not provided to persons under the age of 18 years without the consent of a parent, teacher or other responsible adult.
For some time there has been considerable debate amongst Australian universities as to whether or not the above Codes apply to universities. Conflicting legal opinions have been obtained, and the position is still not clear.
The University of Adelaide has decided to adopt a conservative stance. From 2003, students under the age of 18 years will not be granted access to the wider internet unless they have provided written consent from a parent, teacher or other responsible adult.