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  • 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…

  • New global report reveals Victorian government organisations’ commitment to privacy

    The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) has published the annual privacy sweep report providing a global analysis of organisations’ privacy practices. The objective for the sweep was to analyse how organisations in various jurisdictions handle and respond to data breaches….

  • Report on the State of FOI in Victoria shows room for improvement

    OVIC calls for agencies to commit to greater public access to government information The Office of the Victorian Commissioner (OVIC) has published a report on the State of Freedom of Information in Victoria: Five Years in Review 2014-2019. The report…

  • Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen release survey results on community attitudes

    Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsman today released the findings of their first cross jurisdictional study of community attitudes to access to government information. Commissioners from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, the Commonwealth of Australia and the Ombudsman from ACT sponsored…

  • Right to Know essential to democracy in a digital world

    JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen from across Australia and New Zealand are urging government agencies to do more to make information available for the benefit of citizens. They’re making the call in the build up to International…

  • FOI culture in Victoria needs better public sector leadership: study

    JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT- MONASH UNIVERSITY AND OFFICE OF THE VICTORIAN INFORMATION COMMISSIONER (OVIC) Freedom of Information (FOI) practitioners ranked government executives as more important than political leadership in building a positive and well-functioning FOI culture. FOI officers’ efforts to provide…

  • Research shows Victorians value their Right to Know

    International Right to Know Day is celebrated each year on 28 September to raise awareness of the community’s right to access government held information. In the lead up to Right to Know Day 2019, new research commissioned by the Office…

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