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  • 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…

  • 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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