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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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Investigation report into delay in FOI

In the investigation report now published, the Information Commissioner calls for a wide-ranging review of Victoria's FOI law

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International Access to Information Day 2021

OVIC is celebrating IAID from 27 September - 2 October to raise awareness of the right to access government information.

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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

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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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Launch: International Access to Information Day 2021

Please join OVIC in celebrating International Access to Information Day (IAID) 2021. In this live virtual launch for our week of celebrations, Victoria’s Information Commissioner, Sven Bluemmel, will highlight why access to information is critical to our democracy and a...

Lightning Talk: What makes a good FOI request?

In our first virtual lightning talk for International Access to Information Day (IAID) 2021, OVIC’s Public Access Team will discuss what makes a good FOI request, provide helpful tips for members of the public when making an FOI request, and...

IAS Panel Discussion: Breaking down the culture of FOI – Opportunities for change

OVIC will be holding an Information Access Series (IAS) webinar as part of International Access to Information Day (IAID) on Wednesday 29 September. This panel discussion will explore two recent OVIC reports on the culture of administering FOI in Victoria...

Lightning Talk: OVIC’s role in promoting information access through the FOI Act

In our second virtual lightning talk for International Access to Information Day (IAID) 2021, OVIC’s Public Access Team will provide an overview of our FOI review and complaint functions, informal resolution processes, and the use of preliminary views. We will explain what...

Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act webinar – October

  Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 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. This training...

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