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  • Information Access Commissioners and Commonwealth Ombudsman release survey results on community attitudes

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

    • FOI
    • International Access to Information Day
    • Joint statement
  • Government agencies should be open by design, not just by request

    New research on the culture of FOI and the importance of proactive and informal release of information Today the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) published new research on freedom of information (FOI) culture in Victoria and the importance…

  • Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen make recommendations to support Open by Design principles

    JOINT STATEMENT Australian Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen today published an authoritative statement to promote the proactive release of information. The Open by Design Principles have been released ahead of International Access to Information Day on 28 September, and should…

    • FOI
    • International Access to Information Day
    • Joint statement
  • Information Commissioner calls for a wide-ranging review of Victoria’s FOI law

    Investigation report into delay in FOI decisions in Victoria tabled in Parliament Today, the Victorian Information Commissioner’s report into delay in the disclosure of government documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) was tabled in the…

  • 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…

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