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  • How transparency and privacy build trust in government

    This op-ed was written by Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner and was distributed to media in the lead up to the Regional Roadshow on 23 March 2022 Trust in government is crucial to a healthy democracy. We need to have…

  • Transparency is the key

    This op-ed was written by Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner and was published in the Herald Sun on 28 September 2021 If governments are not transparent, they will lose our trust. When we vote at elections, we do not grant…

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    • International Access to Information Day
  • OVIC’s 2019-20 annual report published

    OVIC’s 2019-20 annual report was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on Thursday 29 October 2020. In 2020, the spread of COVID-19 fundamentally transformed the way individuals live and work all around the world. Many Victorian public sector (VPS) organisations faced significant and unprecedented…

  • Joint statement on International Access to Information Day 2020

    Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen across Australia and New Zealand have released a joint statement to mark International Access to Information Day 2020. They highlight the importance of proactive release of government information. Proactively releasing government information can help build…

  • 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). Delay in providing…

  • COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Integrity Entities) Regulations 2020

    The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Integrity Entities) Regulations 2020 (Regulations) were made on 19 May 2020 under the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020. Part 2 of the Regulations relate to the modification and application of certain provisions in the…

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

    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. Read the joint statement.

  • OVIC has implemented its Business Continuity Plan in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

    OVIC has activated its Business Continuity Plan in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), and OVIC staff are working remotely to ensure the risk of exposure to staff is minimised, and to reduce the health risk to all Victorians. OVIC’s primary concern…

  • Discussion paper published on Proactive and informal release of information in the Victorian public sector

    The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) has published a discussion paper on Proactive and informal release of information in the Victorian public sector. By publishing this discussion paper, OVIC is seeking to better understand the practices and experiences…

  • OVIC publishes report on the State of Freedom of Information in Victoria

    The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) has published a report on the State of Freedom of Information in Victoria: Five Years in Review 2014 – 2019. The report provides a five year overview of the administration of the…

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