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Welcome to the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
We are the primary regulator and source of independent advice to the community and Victorian government about how the public sector collects, uses and discloses information.

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2022 Reporting Obligations

Victorian public sector organisations must submit a Protective Data Security Plan (PDSP) to OVIC at least every two years, or upon significant change.

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Have your say on draft FOI Guidelines

OVIC is developing guidelines to the FOI Act, review draft content and provide feedback

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Agency FOI Information Service

Email your questions on FOI and experienced staff will provide tailored guidance

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Access Your Health Records

Under Victoria’s Freedom of Information Act, you have the right to request access to your health records

Learn how to make an FOI request

Your Privacy Rights

In Victoria, you have the right to know when and why your personal information is being collected

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The Incident Notification Scheme

Organisations are now required to notify OVIC of information security incidents over a certain threshold

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Publication of FOI Review Decisions

OVIC now publishes de-identified review decisions made by the Information Commissioner to promote understanding of the FOI Act

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Privacy Training

OVIC provides free training on the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 to Victorian public sector staff

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Training and Events

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Information Access Series: the benefits of proactive and informal release of information

OVIC encourages Victorian government agencies to release information proactively and informally, without the need for an FOI request, where possible. Proactive and informal release enables greater public access to government information with less formality and expense. To assist FOI practitioners and other agency staff to better...

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) – August

The Administering of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) webinar has been developed to provide VPS employees with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a request. These sessions include live...

Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) webinar – September

  Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) looks at interpreting information privacy and the Act, whilst also providing public sector employees with a detailed understanding of each stage of the information lifecycle....

Taking a deep dive into document searches when processing an FOI request

On Monday 5 September OVIC will host a special one-off FOI training webinar focusing on document searches when processing an FOI request. This virtual session is free and will take a look at: How to undertake a document search to...

Launch: International Access to Information Day 2022

Join OVIC in its launch of International Access to Information Day (IAID) 2022. Hear Public Access Deputy Commissioner, Joanne Kummrow, and guest speakers talk about the importance of access to information, the role of the Victorian public sector in upholding...

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