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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

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

  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....

Victorian Privacy Network Meeting

OVIC is hosting a virtual Victorian Privacy Network meeting on Thursday 11 November 2021. During the webinar speakers will discuss the broader concepts of privacy beyond personal information, third party risk management and planning for when things go wrong, including...

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

  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...

IAS: Health information

Secrecy provisions, releasing information to relatives and third parties, and release both under and outside the FOI Act A special session with a focus on health sector agencies. Each month OVIC hosts an Information Access Series (IAS) webinar for FOI...

OVIC Executive Briefing

OVIC is hosting a virtual executive briefing on Thursday 2 December for senior level Victorian public sector (VPS) Managers and Executive Directors. OVIC Executives will explore key issues surrounding proactive and informal release, respecting individual privacy and sensitive information while adopting...

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