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Consultation on Proactive and informal release discussion paper

The Office of the Information Commissioner (OVIC) has published a discussion paper on Proactive and informal release in the Victorian public sector.


Proactive and informal release of information involves Victorian public sector agencies providing access to information outside of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act), either proactively published or in response to a request.

Proactive and informal release are important information access mechanisms consistent with the object of the FOI Act. Releasing information proactively and informally allows the public to more easily access government information with less formality and expense than under the FOI Act.

By publishing this discussion paper, OVIC is seeking to better understand the practices and experiences of Victorian public sector agencies with proactive and informal release.

OVIC will use this information to explore how it can better assist agencies to proactively and informally release information to the public.

Specifically, the aim of this discussion paper is to:

  • determine whether agencies are proactively and/or informally releasing information in response to, or outside of, FOI requests;
  • identify the tools and resources used by agencies that successfully and consistently release information proactively and/or informally;
  • better understand the factors that affect how agencies proactively and/or informally release information and identify how OVIC can better support and assist agencies; and
  • generate discussion within agencies about proactive and informal access to information.

Discussion paper

Read Proactive and informal release of information in the Victorian public sector or download the PDF.

For further background, read OVIC’s practice notes on Proactive release of information and Informal release of information.


While this discussion paper is directed at agencies subject to the FOI Act, OVIC welcomes submissions from anyone interested in providing comments on proactive and informal release in Victoria.

Download the submission form here.

Submissions must be provided to OVIC by 5pm, Wednesday 1 May 2020.

Submissions can be made by:

  • Emailing your submission to
  • Posting your submission to:
    Policy team
    Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
    PO Box 24274
    Melbourne  VIC  3001

Collection notice

You are not required to provide any personal information in order to make a submission to this discussion paper. Providing personal information is optional. Where you choose to provide personal information, OVIC may use it to provide you consolidated feedback on the submissions we receive, seek clarification on your submission or follow up with you where you have indicated you wish to be involved further in OVIC’s work. If you choose to provide personal information, we ask that you do not include this information anywhere other than the designated fields on this form.

If you choose to make your submission by email, we may be able to identify you from your email address. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can post your submission to OVIC.

OVIC will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law. You may contact OVIC to request access to any personal information you have provided to us by emailing

For further information on how OVIC handles personal information, please see our privacy policy.

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