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  • OVIC 2018-19 annual report now published

    OVIC’s 2018-19 annual report was tabled in Victorian Parliament on Thursday 17 October. The annual report highlights key milestones for 2018-19 across freedom of information, privacy and data protection. By addressing new and complex challenges in 2018-19, OVIC had the…

  • United Nations General Assembly proclaims 28 September International Day for Universal Access to Information

    On 16 October 2019 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to proclaim 28 September the International Day for Universal Access to Information. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, SR. of Liberia introduced the draft resolution, stating that access to information is…

  • FOI Professional standards tabled in Parliament

    On Wednesday 11 September 2019 the Professional Standards (Standards) were published in a special edition of the Government Gazette. The Standards were subsequently tabled in the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council on Thursday 12 September 2019. The Standards will commence…

  • Access to information builds trust in government

    Op-ed by Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner We often hear that trust in government institutions is in decline. While the situation in Australia is better than in many countries, we are not immune. The harm that can result from this…

  • Public Access Agency Reference Group meeting minutes

    The Reference Group had its first regular meeting for 2019 in March. View the minutes here.

  • February 2019 Newsletter

    In the February newsletter: Association of Information Access Commissioners meeting, New Zealand The Information Privacy Principle Guidelines – provide your feedback Handy FOI hints Six recent VCAT decisions on FOI Add Privacy Awareness Week 2019 to your calendar Register for…

  • Public Access Agency Reference Group meeting minutes

    The reference group had its third meeting for 2018 in November. View the minutes here.

  • Professional standards

    Part IB of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) gives the Information Commissioner the power to develop professional standards relating to the conduct of agencies and how they administer and apply the FOI Act. The professional standards…

  • International Right to Know Day 2018

    Joint media statement Australia and New Zealand’s Information Access Commissioners join together in support of International Right to Know Day Information Access Commissioners from across Australia and New Zealand have released a joint statement ahead of International Right to Know…

  • August Newsletter

    In the August newsletter: New OVIC website launched, Information Access Series, Monash University Public Forum, Privacy Forum. View the full newsletter here.  

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