How we use cookies

This website and some of the tools and services it links to use a  number of cookies.  These cookies are listed below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Measuring website usage

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use our website.  We do this to make sure it's meeting people's needs and to understand how we could meet those needs better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on.  We do not collect or store your personal details such as your name or address.  We cannot identify who you are.

We do not allow Google to use or share any information we collect with other third parties.

Name of Cookie Typical Content Expires
_ga randomly generated number 2 years
_gat randomly generated number 10 minutes

Service availability

We use cookies which help improve service availability and security across this website.

Name of cookies Typical content Expires
NIGOV randomly generated number when you close your browser randomly generated number when you close your browser

Remembering your settings

This website uses cookies to remember if you have received the cookie warning message so that this message doesn't appear more than once.

Name of cookie Typical content Expires
EUCompliance on 1 year

We also set cookies to remember your display preferences.

Name of Cookie Typical content Expires
has_js 1 when you close your browser
Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight 0 1 year

Applications that we link to

We link to a number of external applications belonging to this Department.  Where a launch page exists for an application, information about Cookies it uses are highlighted on that page.   

We link to pages on the domain, this is an extension of this website and as such the cookie policy applies to all pages on that domain.  In addition pages on this domain use some session cookies which expire once the browser is closed. For some pages cookies are present to ensure the full functionality of the page, these include cookies to ensure the functionality of PowerBi dashboards, and dashboards created using RStudio.  For more information see

'Third-party' cookies

Third-party cookies are cookies created by a website other than the one currently visiting.  We currently embed services from third party websites to provide extra functionality.

Google Maps

This website uses Google Maps to provide visual geo-location information on various government organisations and services.

For more information please visit Google's Privacy Policy


This website embeds videos from YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode.  This mode may set the following cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

For more information please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page

Social sharing

This website uses the AddToAny social bookmarking tool to enable social sharing icons for Facebook and Twitter.

For more information please visit AddToAny's Privacy Policy

Name of Cookie Typical Content Expires
_cfduid dc7f583ead5c33a03e26918dbb26849ec1433757596 1 year
page_services tumblr%2Cfacebook%2Ctwitter 10 years
uvc 1 1 day
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
_utmz randomly generated number 6 months