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
Seminar 2 – Preparing decision letters in FOI
Seminar 3 – Secrecy and Confidentiality in a time of openness
Seminar 4 – Working with OVIC, consultation and notification under the FOI Act
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
Seminar 6 – Working with OVIC, demystifying our processes and procedures
Seminar 7 – Working with OVIC, making a fresh decision under the FOI Act; and the purpose, scope and operation of Section 39
Seminar 8 – Sections 34(1) and 34(4) of the FOI Act
Seminar 9 – The culture of administering access to government information and FOI in Victoria – a pilot study by Monash University
Seminar 10 – Working with OVIC – Demystifying our processes and procedures
Seminar 11 – Report on the State of FOI in Victoria
Watch the live stream here.