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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 from 25 – 29 September, exploring the theme: the importance of the online space for access to information.

OVIC will host a series of events throughout the week and publish new resources for agencies and the public.

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Monday 25 September 2023

Video launch of IAID

Release of New Proactive and Informal Release Template Policy and Guide for agencies

Tuesday 26 September 2023

Queensland Office of the Information Commissioner Solomon Lecture | 10.30am – 12pm

Lightning Talk: Engaging with consumers and technology to create a more efficient, sustainable (and friendly!) FOI Service | 12.30pm – 1.15pm

Wednesday 27 September 2023

UNESCO in person event

Release of updated OVIC FOI webpages for the public to provide simpler and more accessible information on:

Thursday 28 September 2023

IAID Panel: benefits and barriers to using the online space for promoting access to information – Now and in the future | 1pm – 2pm

Information Access Community Attitudes Study 2023

The 2023 Information Access Community Attitudes Study measures the Victorian community’s awareness of their right to access government information, and their experiences and outcomes in exercising that right.

The research provides a broad insight into citizens’ views and experiences of the right to access information.

The 2023 survey results have now been published. Read our media release and discover the survey’s findings and insights.



Starter pack

Download our starter pack containing all of the resources below in one .zip file including email signature, social media images and the poster.

You can download individual resources below. To save: right click on the image and select “save image”. Alternatively, click on the link, right click on the image in the new browser tab and select “save image”.

Email signature

Download the email signature

Social media

Download social media image #1

Download social media image #2


Download the poster


How to release information proactively and informally

OVIC encourages Victorian government agencies to release information proactively and informally where possible. This video provides an overview of proactive and informal release, benefits, and tips on how to do so.

Access to information

Information Commissioners and Ombudsmen across Australia developed the below animation that highlights your right to access government information.

Other FOI animations

Requesting changes to your information


Some NICE tips for making an FOI request


How to make an FOI request in Victoria





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