What is an RSS feed?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds allow you to see when new content is published on a website without having to visit the site itself. Many websites that update their information regularly (like news sites) offer RSS feeds. The Department of Transport and Main Roads offers RSS feeds for major projects, alerts and traffic cameras.
How do I start using feeds?
To subscribe to an RSS feed you will need an RSS reader—software that checks the feeds you subscribe to and lists any new content that has been published on the originating website.
The 2 most popular styles of RSS readers are:
- Web based (most popular): a website that allows you to access your RSS feeds from any computer with internet access—similar to accessing your email through Hotmail or Yahoo. A website login is required.
- Downloadable applications: a program that you download and install on your computer. RSS feeds can be downloaded to your computer, in the same way that you might download your e-mail using Outlook or Lotus Notes. Access to your RSS feeds is limited to the computer the RSS reader is installed on.
For an up to date list of popular RSS readers, please refer to Wikipedia (non-government site).
How do I add an RSS feed?
RSS feeds can be identified by an RSS icon or a link that says 'RSS'. To add an RSS feed, simply paste the RSS feed URL into your RSS reader. There are a couple of ways of doing this:
- Click on the RSS link or icon, copy the URL from the address bar and paste it into your RSS reader.
- Right click on the RSS link or icon, select "copy shortcut" or "copy link location" and paste it into your RSS reader.
To subscribe to a departmental RSS feed, please see our RSS feeds directory on this website.