Policies, Terms & Conditions

Refund Policy All Donations are accepted in good faith, and we appreciate your kindness.  Should you change your mind later you should know that we will not refund a donation that has been knowingly and voluntarily made. Please consider your circumstances before approving a donation.

Once you have donated to us, the Australian Taxation Office is advised of your donation.  And you will receive a receipt for your records.  Should a refund of a donation be necessary FNWF is required to notify the Australian Taxation Office.  As we do not provide goods or services, we are not governed by general Consumer legislation.

We may consider a refund in exceptional circumstances or in the event FNWF have made an error we cannot correct, or if the donor has made an error that is substantial in nature.  In those circumstances please advise within 60 days as we regret we are unable to issue a refund beyond that. 

Privacy Policy First Nations Writers Festival takes great pride in meeting or exceeding expectations on privacy. We believe strongly in protecting our donor’s and author’s information and privacy. Any information you provide is kept in confidence and is secure. We only use your information to conduct our regular philanthropy. We do not sell or share our donors and authors personal information with advertisers or anyone else. In order to best serve you we collect and use some information about you as expected:  for example if you send an email, or if you submit a manuscript for consideration for an Award.

Before making any information public – such as the Award winner’s name, and amount Awarded, we always seek approval in writing.

Overseas Conduct Policy:  First Nations Writers Festival makes every effort to ensure it complies with the ACNC External Conduct Standards, notwithstanding it does not operate overseas.  These include:  1.  Management of activities and resources.  2.  Annual Review of Overseas Activities and Record Keeping 3.  Anti Fraud and Anti Corruption  4.  Protection of Vulnerable Individuals. 

Important Governance Policies:  We recognize and limit or mitigate risks associated with our core governance responsibilities.  1. Purpose and charity nature.  2. Accountability to Members  3. Compliance with prevailing Laws.  4. Suitability of Responsible People  5. Duties of Responsible People  6. Maintaining and enhancing public trust and confidence in the Australian not-for-profit sector.

Ownership:  This website is owned and operated by First Nations Writers Festival International Limited, A.B.N 79655932979 53 Junction St, Nowra NSW Australia 2540.  Phone +61 491851353. Firstnationswritersfestival@gmail.com. All rights and benefits in these Terms, Conditions, and Policies are in their favour. 

Applicable Laws:  If you are residing in or accessing this Website from a country other than Australia (the User Country) the Information and the Terms and Conditions may not satisfy the laws of the User Country. Should the Information and the Terms and Conditions satisfy the laws of the User Country, then you are entitled to use the Website. In the event that the Information or the Terms and Conditions do not satisfy the laws of the User Country, this Website is not intended for your use, and you are not entitled to rely on the Information. If you do so, you agree to indemnify us for any loss or damage which we may incur as a consequence.

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions:  Your access and use of the Website is conditional upon your acceptance and compliance with the terms, conditions, notices and disclaimers contained in this document and elsewhere on the Website (known collectively as the Terms and Conditions). Your use of and/or continued access to the Website constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions.

Amendments:  First Nations Writers Festival amends the Terms and Conditions at any time by posting the amended terms and conditions on the Website. The amended terms and conditions will be effective immediately and you will be bound by the amended terms and conditions from that time. This agreement may not be amended otherwise. You should visit this page periodically to review the Terms and Conditions. If you violate any Terms and Conditions your right to use and access the Website automatically terminates.

Restricted Use:  The Website is available only for your personal and non-profit use. We have the right to change or discontinue any feature of the Website including the Trademark, hours of availability and equipment required for access. You may not otherwise copy, reproduce, republish, frame, post, upload, distribute, transmit or modify in any way all or any part of the material contained on this Website, unless expressly provided for on the Website or expressly authorised in writing by First Nations Writers Festival. You must not transmit or attempt to transmit any data, code or other material of any kind to this Website which contains a virus or other harmful component.

Trade marks:  All names, logos and trademarks are either the property of First Nations Writers Festival or the property of third parties who have contributed to the Website.  Nothing on the Website should be interpreted as granting any rights to use or distribute any names, logos or trademarks, without our express written agreement or the relevant contributor. Nothing displayed on the Website should be construed as granting any licence or right to use any name, logo or trademark without our express permission, or the relevant third party contributor.

Content:  All content on this Website, including all information such as text, graphics, images and other material (Material), is protected by Australian and international copyright law (Copyright). You may download a single copy of the Material and where necessary for reference purposes keep a temporary copy in your computer’s cache and make a single hard copy of the Material. You may make such other use of the Material as is otherwise expressly authorised on the Website. Unauthorised use of the Material may violate these copyright laws.

Representations:  We make no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of the Material. The Material may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. The use of the Website and the Material is at your own risk. Changes are periodically made to the Website and may be made at any time.

No Warranties The Website and Material are provided on an as is basis without any warranties of any kind. We disclaim all warranties to the fullest extent permitted by law.

The Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) and all corresponding state and territory legislation implies terms, conditions and warranties into some contracts for the supply of goods and services and prohibits the exclusion, restriction and modification of such terms (Prescribed Terms). Except as provided by the Prescribed Terms, all warranties express or implied by law in any way relating to access to, or non-access to, the Website or the use of or reliance upon the Website or the Material are excluded.

In addition, we do not warrant that the Website will operate error free or that this Website and its servers are free of computer viruses and other harmful data, code, components or other material. Nor do we warrant that it will be able to prevent any illegal, harmful or inappropriate use, modification or alteration of the Website, or will give notice of such use, modification or alteration. If your use of the Website or the Material results in the need for servicing or replacing equipment or data, we are not responsible for those costs.

The Website and Materials provide general information which must not be relied upon or regarded as a substitute for specific professional advice.  We make no warranties that the Website and Materials are accurate or suitable for a person’s unique circumstances and provide the Website and Materials on the basis that all persons accessing the Website responsibly assess the relevance and accuracy of its content.

Limitation of Liability:  Except as provided by the Prescribed Terms, neither we, our officers, agents, contractors, volunteers and employees and our Members Societies and their officers, agents, contractors, volunteers and employees, our suppliers, or any third parties mentioned on the Website shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever (including, without limitation, incidental and consequential damages, lost profits, or damages) resulting from the use or access to or inability to use and access the Website and the Material.

Specific Warnings You must ensure that your access to this Website is not illegal or prohibited by laws which apply to you. You must take your own precautions to ensure that the process which you employ for accessing this Website does not expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system.

Taxes:  Certain taxes and government charges may be payable by you in relation to your use of our Website or transactions on or in any way connected with the Website. We will not indemnify you for any such taxes and other government charges. Prices or charges on our Website include Goods and Services Tax (GST), if any.

Internet Service Providers:   If you are an internet service and/or access provider, you must not use the Website in any manner or for any purpose which is unlawful or in any manner which violates any of our rights or which is prohibited by the Terms and Conditions.

Hyperlinks:   The Website contains hyperlinks and other pointers to internet websites operated by third parties (Linked Sites). The Linked Sites are not under our control and we are not responsible for the content of any Linked Site or any hyperlink contained in a Linked Site.  The inclusion of any link does not imply our endorsement of the Linked Site. You link to any such Linked Site entirely at your own risk. We exercise no control over the quality, safety or legality of the items advertised or sold and statements made through any Linked Sites.  The material on any Linked Site, including product information and prices, are the responsibility of the operator of the Linked Site. Any information contained on a Linked Site may change without notice by the operator of that website. We are not liable for the prices or price changes, including where price changes have not been reflected on the relevant site. Any purchases or dealings you have with a Linked Site are done at your own risk. We are not a party to any transaction between you and a Linked Site. Your use of a Linked Site is subject to the terms and conditions of that site in addition to the Terms and Conditions of this Website. If there is any inconsistency, to the extent of the inconsistency, the Terms and Conditions of this Website prevail.  Advertisements  The Website display of an AWARD amount does not guarantee that amount will be paid now or at any time in the future.  It should be used as a guide only.  The Website may contain embedded hyperlinks or referral buttons to websites operated by third parties or their licensees or contractors (Sponsor / Advertisers). Any claims on Linked Sites by sponsors or advertisers are not recommendations or endorsements by us. Disputes with Linked Sites and Sponsor / Advertisers  As we do not and cannot be involved in your interaction with Linked Sites and Sponsor/ Advertisers, in the event that you have a dispute with one or more Linked Sites or Advertisers, to the extent permitted by law, you agree to release us (and our officers, agents, contractors, volunteers and employees) from liability for any claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.

Termination:  The Terms and Conditions are effective until terminated by us. We may terminate this agreement and your access to the Website at any time without notice. ln the event of termination, you are no longer authorised to access the Website. All restrictions imposed on you, disclaimers and limitations of liability set out in the Terms and Conditions will survive termination.

Governing Law: The Terms and Conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the New South Wales, Australia. You irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of NSW.

Security of InformationUnfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as totally secure. Whilst we strive to protect such information, we do not warrant and cannot ensure the security of any information which you transmit to us. Accordingly, any information which you transmit to us is transmitted at your own risk. Nevertheless, once we receive your transmission, we will take reasonable steps to preserve the security of such information.

Indemnity Clause:  You indemnify us including our officers, agents, contractors, volunteers and employees (those indemnified) regardless of any negligence on our part, against all losses, liabilities, legal costs and other expenses incurred by those indemnified arising directly or indirectly as a result of or in connections with the breach by you of any provision of these Terms and Conditions or any willful, unlawful or negligent act by you in connection with the supply by First Nations Writers Festival  Australia or a Member Society to you of, or use by you of, any product or service.

 Miscellaneous:  If any provision of the Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of law, such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect the remainder of the Terms and Conditions which will continue in full force and effect. All rights not expressly granted are reserved. This agreement sets out the entire understanding and agreement between First Nations Writers Festival and you with respect to the subject matter.