The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) provides the public with a general right of access to documents in the possession of the Victorian government subject to limited exceptions and exemptions. You can view the current Act on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website by searching ‘Freedom of Information’.
Under the Act, the key functions of the Information Commissioner and Public Access Deputy Commissioner are:
- to promote understanding and acceptance by agencies and the public of the FOI Act and its object;
- to conduct reviews of decisions made by agencies and Ministers under the FOI Act;
- to receive and handle complaints made under the FOI Act;
- to provide advice, education and guidance to agencies and the public in relation to the Information Commissioner’s functions; and
- to develop and monitor compliance with professional standards, and to provide advice, education and guidance to agencies and the public in relation to compliance with the professional standards.