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Information Access Series

This page provides an overview of OVIC’s Information Access Series seminars, including a list of dates for 2020.

A key function of OVIC is to provide advice, education, and guidance to agencies and the public regarding their rights and responsibilities in relation to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act). OVIC hosts a monthly seminar for FOI practitioners in the Victorian public sector (VPS) covering a range of topics. OVIC’s Information Access Series calendar can be found below. To view previous Information Access Series seminars and download the presentations, click here.

Information Access Series and COVID-19

OVIC activated has activated its business continuity plan due to COVID-19. To ensure the health of staff and members of the public, OVIC has cancelled all upcoming face-to-face Information Access Series seminars.

We are exploring ways to deliver these seminars safely and remotely through webinars and will be providing further details on this soon. To stay informed on OVIC’s seminars and events, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Information Access Series dates for 2020

18 June 2020
High Conflict Institute Workshop
25 June 2020
Vicarious Trauma Training
30 July 2020
FOI Professional Standards – Reflections 6 months on
27 August 2020
Working with OVIC – Reviews, Complaints and Professional Standards
29 October 2020
Best practice in processing FOI requests and negotiating positive outcomes with applicants
26 November 2020
2020: The year in review – Key FOI decisions

Resources used in our Information Access Series are published below.

Seminar 1 – Refusal of requests for documents under ss 25A(1) and (5) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982

Watch the live stream here and download the presentation here.

Seminar 2 – Preparing decision letters in FOI

Watch the live stream here and download the presentation here.

Seminar 3 – Secrecy and Confidentiality in a time of openness

Watch the live stream here and download the presentation here.

Seminar 4 – Working with OVIC, consultation and notification under the FOI Act

Watch the live stream here and download the presentation here.

Seminar 5 – Assisting and engaging with FOI applicants under section 17 of the FOI Act and Update on the publication of OVIC notices of decision

Watch the live stream here and download the presentation here.

Seminar 6 – Working with OVIC, demystifying our processes and procedures

Watch the live stream here and download the presentation here.

Seminar 7 – Working with OVIC, making a fresh decision under the FOI Act; and the purpose, scope and operation of Section 39

Watch the live stream here and download the presentation here.

Seminar 8 – Sections 34(1) and 34(4) of the FOI Act

Watch the live stream here and download the presentation here.

Seminar 9 – The culture of administering access to government information and FOI in Victoria – a pilot study by Monash University

Watch the live stream here and download the presentation here.

Seminar 10 – Working with OVIC – Demystifying our processes and procedures

Watch the live stream here and download the presentation here.

Seminar 11 – Report on the State of FOI in Victoria

Watch the live stream here.

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