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Linx Software & the Spam Act

We believe that electronic communication, such as by email, is the most effective and efficient means of communication available to businesses today. Not only is it instant but it helps save the environment. As an IT company we not only use it ourselves but encourage our clients to use it too.

However, in so doing, we all need to be aware of the importance of complying with relevant anti-spam regulations, such as the Spam Act 2003 which applies in Australia and similar legislation which exists in other countries.

The following describes our policy and how we comply with the Spam Act 2003 ("the Act").

What is Spam?

It may be worth explaining, first, what is meant by "spam". "Spam" is not, in fact, defined in the Act. However, the Act refers to "unsolicited commercial electronic messages" and so, in the discussion below, "spam" is taken to have that meaning and is specifically applied to email.

There is much talk about all advertising email being spam - with the implication that all spam is illegal. It is not. The Act permits the use of email for marketing purposes providing certain conditions are closely adhered to.

Clearly there is a considerable difference between receiving dubious emails from unknown entities and one from, say, Officeworks offering you stationery supplies for your business, or an email from a professional association or a finance-industry supplier offering their services. In fact you may well welcome the latter kind of email as a good source of information.

Our Compliance

Here are the key requirements of the Act and how we comply:

Subject Requirement Compliance
Consent The Act permits the sending of email where there is explicit or inferred consent.

"Consent may also be inferred when someone conspicuously publishes their work-related electronic address (for example, on a website, brochure or magazine); and your business wants to send them a commercial electronic message that relates directly to that person's line of work." - ACMA
Linx Software has a mailing list made up of both explicit and inferred consent contacts. They are compiled from sources such as enquiries from those in the financial services industry (via web enquiry forms, emails, trade shows, functions, etc); publicly-available Web sites, past clients and similar contacts.
The exception to the above is where any of these sources displays a "no spam" or similar message – these are obviously excluded.
Relevant to Job Role Communications must be relevant to job role of recipient. All emails are related to the work-function of the recipient (such as financial services) as known at the time of entry.
No Harvesting Electronic harvesting of email addresses from the Web is not permitted. No harvesting software is used. All records are manually collated and managed.
Identification The Act requires clear identification of the sender. All emails from Linx Software fully and accurately identify the sender. Generally this includes address, phone number and web site.
Unsubscribe Function The Act requires senders to have a functional unsubscribe facility and to act on it within five days. All emails from Linx Software have a convenient unsubscribe link or instructions and are generally processed within a few hours of receipt, and never more than five days.
(Tip: Any unsubscribe request should be sent from the same address it was addressed to. Sometimes mail is forwarded to a different address and the original address cannot be determined).


This is not intended as legal comment or advice. You can find out more by visiting the ACMA site ( or referring to the Act itself ( (Note that these links are subject to change).

If you are outside Australia and feel that our communications do not meet your local regulations please let us know of your concerns. We will make every effort to comply.

Thank you - we hope this has answered any questions you might have about our Spam policy.