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Media releases

 
  • Proactive Publication of Information Relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The following statement has been released by International Conference of Information Commissioners following the adoption of the resolution for proactive publication of information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic at the recent 12th Conference. JOINT STATEMENT The impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues…

  • Privacy Commissioners make privacy a priority in 2021

    Joint statement by Privacy Authorities Australia Privacy regulators from across Australia have issued a joint statement to mark the start of Privacy Awareness Week 2021: Privacy Awareness Week recognises the essential value of personal information:  to our economy and digital…

    • Privacy
    • Privacy Awareness Week 2021
    • Statement
  • Access to public health records and information: so, who wants to know?

    Victorian Public Health Sector FOI forum aims to promote best practice access to health records and information Achieving best practice in access to health records and information is essential to the successful development of public policy and the delivery of…

    • FOI
    • Health information
    • transparency
  • Local governments can build public trust by providing greater access to information

    Regional roadshows across Victoria aim to encourage transparency Community trust is essential to the successful development of public policy and the delivery of government services. Government agencies can build public trust by making decisions transparently and upholding the public’s right…

    • FOI
    • local government
    • transparency
  • Joint statement on International Access to Information Day 2020

    Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen from across Australia and New Zealand have released a joint statement to mark International Access to Information Day on 28 September: International Access to Information Day on 28 September is an opportunity to recognise the…

  • Information Commissioner launches investigation into the timeliness of Freedom of Information in Victoria

    Victorian Information Commissioner Sven Bluemmel has commenced an investigation into the timeliness of FOI in Victoria. This own motion investigation is the first of its kind to be undertaken under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act). The…

  • COVID-19: the duty to document does not cease in a crisis, it becomes more essential

    JOINT STATEMENT The Australian and New Zealand Information Access Commissioners join with their international counterparts in their clear call for documentation, preservation and access to information as governments, businesses and citizens deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The following statement has…

  • Transparency and access to information in the context of a global pandemic

    JOINT STATEMENT The Australian Information Access Commissioners join with their international counterparts in their clear call for transparency and the right to access information as governments, businesses and citizens deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The following statement has been released…

  • COVID-19 response from Australian privacy regulators

    JOINT STATEMENT Privacy Commissioners and Ombudsmen around the country appreciate that individuals, organisations and government are facing significant challenges to stop the spread of COVID-19. The use of personal information is part of addressing this public health crisis. Privacy laws…

  • Inquiries into the transfer of personal information by City of Greater Geelong

    MEDIA STATEMENT The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) made preliminary inquiries with the City of Greater Geelong in January 2020 about the proposed use of a third party service provider to manage marketing and communications with members of…

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