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What is RSS?

RSS (otherwise known as "Really Simple Syndication") is a data format for syndicating news and other information from websites.

RSS feeds provide free updates to your computer at designated intervals when content is updated on a website.

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Which feeds does DFES currently offer?

DFES offers RSS feeds for Alerts and Warnings, Fire Danger Ratings, Total Fire Bans and Media Releases.

Click on any of the links below to access these feeds:

CAP-AU Standards

DFES is currently developing an Alert RSS feed that is compliant with the Australian Government Standard for the Common Alerting Protocol - Australia Profile (CAP-AU-STD). This protocol provides the Australian community with a common standard for the dissemination of warning messages for all hazards during any emergency. This feed will replace the current Alert feed and the consumer will need to ensure that their tools are able to consume the new CAP-AU-STD format.

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How do I subscribe to an RSS feed?

To receive DFES's RSS feeds you may need to install an RSS feed reader. In more recent web browsers, feed readers are automatically in-built as standard features. If you are using Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer 7.0, 8.0 or Firefox (Mozilla), refer to the section on Browser Installation Guides below.

If you don't already have a feed reader installed in your browser, you may need to install a separate RSS feed reader application. DFES does not endorse or offer technical support for any third party products, though some commonly used RSS readers are listed below:



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Browser Installation Guides

After configuring your browser or feed reader software, you will need to opt-in to receive the DFES RSS feed(s) of your choice by following the relevant links on the site (see Which feeds does DFES currently offer?). Once you have successfully subscribed to a particular RSS feed, information is sent to you after it is published on the website. Refer to the Disclaimer for information about the frequency of information delivery and troubleshooting.

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Configuration Options

To ensure that you receive RSS feeds shortly after they are published, please make sure you select the following options (or similar) on your computer:

  • In your program's settings, opt to receive alerts at the shortest possible intervals
  • Disallow or disable caching
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DFES does not recommend that users rely solely on RSS feeds as a source of alert and warning information. Some third party products do not refresh at reliable intervals without manual intervention. The delivery time of information via RSS is not guaranteed by DFES. Users are encouraged to monitor other live sources to ensure that they have received the most up to date information.

DFES's RSS feeds are made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not edit or modify the text, content or links supplied.

DFES’s RSS feeds may be available as Geospatial RSS feeds. Geospatial information is intended only as a general indication of location, should not be relied upon and should be read in conjunction with the full RSS feed.

DFES does not offer technical support or endorse any third party RSS applications.

DFES reserves the right to discontinue providing RSS feeds and make periodic technical alterations to the services at any time without notice.

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