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Victorian Artificial Reef Society Inc
Certificate of Incorporation (Victoria) A0048520T
("Victorian Artificial Reef Society", "VARS", "we", "us")
™ Trade mark of Victorian Artificial Reef Society Inc
® Registered trade mark of Victorian Artificial Reef Society Inc
© Copyright Victorian Artificial Reef Society Inc (2021)

The VARS web site from which you accessed this agreement ("the Web Site") is provided to you subject to the following conditions. These terms are in addition to any other terms governing access to the Web Site. By visiting (in any manner) the Web Site you accept these terms and conditions (the "Terms of Service"). Please read them carefully.

Any Non-Human Visitors to the Web Site shall be considered agents of the individual(s) who controls, authors or otherwise makes use of them. These individuals shall ultimately be responsible for the behavior of their Non-Human Visitor agents and are liable for violations of the Terms of Service.

Information and Content

Warning: Scuba Diving is a potentially dangerous activity, especially when performing technical or decompression dives. Victorian Artificial Reef Society Inc, or any contributors, DO NOT accept liability for any injuries incurred by persons using information obtained from the Web Site. All materials are provided for information purposes ONLY and are not a substitute for correct scuba diver training by a suitably qualified scuba instructor.

The information and content contained in the Web Site is for preliminary and general information only and does not constitute legal, financial or other professional advice. You must not rely on any information or content contained in, or omitted from, the Web Site without obtaining independent advice.

No Warranties or Representations

Except to the extent that such warranties or representations are implied by law and cannot be excluded, VARS makes no warranty or representation regarding the quality, currency, accuracy, reliability, performance, completeness or fitness for purpose of any part of the information and content on the Web Site, or on any pages or web sites linked to from the Web Site.

In particular, VARS does not represent or warrant that the information and content on the Web Site, or the facilities that make it available, will not cause damage, or are free from any computer virus or any other defects or errors, or that your access to the Web Site will be uninterrupted. To the maximum extent permitted by law, VARS is not liable (whether in contract, negligence or otherwise) for any loss or damage arising from the use of this content and information.


VARS is not responsible for the information or content of any web site accessed, or linked to, via the Web Site. Links to other web sites are provided for convenience only and do not represent any endorsement, sponsorship or approval of the products or services offered by the web site owner or the information or content on such web sites.


You must not frame any of the material appearing on and/or the Web Site except in accordance with VARS's prior written consent.


Copyright © 2006–2021 by Victorian Artificial Reef Society Inc. All rights reserved.

The subject matter, software, design, text and graphics comprised in, and accessible from, and/or the Web Site, plus the selection and layout of the Web Site are owned or licensed by VARS and protected by copyright under the laws of Australia and other countries.

With the exception of fair dealing permitted by the Copyright Act 1968, VARS grants users of the Web Site permission to download and display VARS copyright material only for private purposes. For any other reproduction or use of VARS copyright material, permission must be sought directly from VARS. If provided, permission will be subject to the requirement that the copyright owner's name and interest in the material be acknowledged when the material is reproduced or quoted, in whole or in part.

Unless otherwise stated, VARS does not warrant or represent that the information on other web sites does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any person anywhere in the world.

Fair Use

You may view the Web Site and its contents using your web browser and save an electronic copy of the Web Site solely in the usual operation of your web browser in visiting the Web Site.

You must not otherwise reproduce, transmit (including broadcast), adapt, distribute, sell, modify or publish or otherwise use any of the material on the Web Site, including audio and video excerpts, except as permitted by statute or with the prior written consent of VARS.

Trade Mark Notice

The Web Site includes registered trade marks and trade marks which are the subject of pending applications or which are otherwise protected by law including, but not limited to the words Victorian Artificial Reef Society and VARS plus the Victorian Artificial Reef Society logo. You may not use these trade marks or the names "VARS", "Victorian Artificial Reef Society" or the name of any of our related agents, companies, products and/or services.


Products and services referred to in the Web Site may only be available in Australia and in some cases may only be available in a particular State, Territory or area of Australia. Unless otherwise stated, nothing in the Web Site constitutes an offer for the supply or goods or services, or a promise or representation that VARS will supply any goods or services.

Special License Restrictions For Non-Human Visitors

Special restrictions on a visitor's license to access the Web Site apply to Non-Human Visitors. Non-Human Visitors include, but are not limited to, web spiders, bots, indexers, robots, crawlers, harvesters, or any other computer programs designed to access, read, compile or gather content from the Web Site automatically. Non-Human Visitors are restricted from taxing the resources of the Web Site beyond what would be typical of a human visitor.

Furthermore, as specified by the "no-email-collection" flag in the header pages within the Web Site and/or the contents of the robots.txt file, email addresses on the Web Site are considered proprietary intellectual property of the author of the Web Site. It is recognised that these email addresses are provided for human visitors alone, and have value in part because they are accessible only to said human visitors. By continuing to access the Web Site, You acknowledge and agree that each email address the Web Site contains has a value not less than US $500 derived from their relative secrecy. You further agree that the compilation, storage, and potential distribution of these addresses by Non-Human Visitors substantially diminish the value of these addresses. Intentional collection, harvesting, gathering, or storing email addresses by Non-Human Visitors is recognised under this agreement as a violation of this agreement and expressly prohibited.

Records Of Visitor Use And Abuse

As a visitor to the Web Site, you consent to having your Internet Protocol address recorded. An email address may appear immediately below (the "Identifier") if we suspect potential abuse. The Identifier is uniquely matched to your Internet Protocol address. Visitors agree not to use this address for any reason.



The access rights granted to you under the Terms of Service are non-transferable without the express written permission of the owner of the Web Site.


VARS will apply the laws of Victoria, Australia to effect remedies against individuals and companies who misuse information obtained inadvertently or unlawfully from the Web Site or who cause disruption, loss or damage of the Web Site or who cause any loss to VARS.

Application to VARS

Unless otherwise specified or required by the context, any reference on the Web Site (including in this disclaimer) to "VARS" or "Victorian Artificial Reef Society" is a reference to Victorian Artificial Reef Society Inc, Certificate of Incorporation (Victoria) A0048520T, and each of its related bodies corporate, or such of its related bodies corporate as the context requires.


By proceeding to use any of the services provided by the Web Site you hereby acknowledge acceptance of this disclaimer and the terms and conditions displayed above.

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