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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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International Access to Information Day 2022

OVIC will celebrate International Access to Information Day throughout the week of 26 – 30 September

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Examination report

OVIC published an examination report into privacy and information security handling at Victoria Police

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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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Launch: International Access to Information Day 2022

Join OVIC in its launch of International Access to Information Day (IAID) 2022. Hear OVIC’s Public Access Deputy Commissioner, Joanne Kummrow, Professor Kimberlee Weatherall from ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society and Ella McPherson from the Victorian...

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

In the first Lightning Talk for International Access to Information Day (IAID) 2022, 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...

IAS Panel Discussion: Enhancing access to information through smart defaults

OVIC will be holding an Information Access Series (IAS) panel discussion as part of International Access to Information Day (IAID) on Wednesday 28 September. The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) aims to extend as far as possible the...

Lost in the Loop: The Limits of a ‘human in the loop’ for AI Governance

In our second virtual lightning talk for International Access to Information Day (IAID) 2022, Jake Goldenfein, Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Law School, will present Lost in the Loop: The Limits of a ‘human in the loop’ for AI Governance. As...

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

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...

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