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International Access to Information Day


International Access to Information Day (IAID) is celebrated annually on 28 September to raise awareness of the importance of open government, and the public’s right to access government-held information.

This right to access information held by government is essential for transparent and accountable government in a democratic society, by promoting and facilitating greater public participation and scrutiny, and supporting better decision-making.

OVIC will celebrate IAID throughout the week from 27 September – 1 October, exploring the theme: Open by design.


Monday 27 September

Launch of IAID 2021 – Commissioner’s Address | 27 September, 10.00am – 10.20am
Watch the Commissioner’s Address here

Tuesday 28 September

Lightning Talk: What makes a good FOI request? | 28 September, 11.00am – 11.40am
Watch this Lightning Talk here

Office of the Information Commissioner Queensland: The 2021 Solomon Lecture | 28 September, available to stream from 9am

ICIC: The importance of independence and efficiency of oversight bodies & legal frameworks | September 28, 2.00pm – 3.20pm (UTC +02:00).

Wednesday 29 September

IAS: Breaking down the culture of FOI – Opportunities for change  | 29 September, 10.30am – 11.30am
Watch this IAS webinar here

Thursday 30 September

Lightning Talk: OVIC’s role in promoting information access through the FOI Act | 30 September, 10.30am – 11.10am
Watch this Lightning Talk here

InfoGovANZ Open Government: Contemporary opportunities & challenges | 30 September, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Useful resources


Access to information – information commissioners and ombudsmen across Australia have come together to develop a shared resource that highlights your right to access government information.


Requesting changes to your information


Some NICE tips for making an FOI request


How to make an FOI request in Victoria


Take a look at OVIC’s animations from IAID 2020

Understand how FOI officers can promote access to information

Understand how Victorian public sector staff can help promote access to information

Media & Reports published during IAID 2021

Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen make recommendations to support open by design principles – joint statement

New research on the culture of FOI and the importance of proactive and informal release of information

Information Access Commissioners and Commonwealth Ombudsman release survey results on community attitudes

Supporting materials

Supporter Toolkit

Download our supporter toolkit containing all of the supporting materials in one .zip file (1.37Mb) including an email signature, social media images, a poster and web banner. You can download individual supporting materials using the links below.

Email signature

Download the IAID email signature

Social media images

Download the IAID social media image – 1

Download the IAID social media image – 2


Download the IAID OVIC poster

Web banner

Download the IAID web banner

Agency FOI Information Service

OVIC recently launched our new Agency FOI Information Service, an email service designed to provide Victorian public sector agency staff with advice and guidance.

If you have questions about events OVIC put on during IAID 2021, reports that were published, or something relating to FOI and access to government-held information, you can now email us at

For information on how to use the service, watch the animation below:

Take a look at the events and resources from IAID 2020


IAID 2021 supporting materials toolkit (.zip file)
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