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Professional Standards


Part IB of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) provides the Information Commissioner with the power to develop Professional Standards relating to the conduct of agencies in performing functions under the FOI Act, and how agencies administer and operate the FOI Act. The rationale for each of the Professional Standards is outlined in Practice Note 1.

Professional Standards

View the Professional Standards here.


The Professional Standards commenced on Monday 2 December 2019.

Freedom of information agency practice notes

Practice notes are available for agencies with detailed guidance on how the FOI Act should be administered and the Professional Standards should be interpreted. The practice notes are available here.

Freedom of information agency templates

Customisable templates, common correspondence, and checklists are available to guide agencies when communicating with applicants, third parties, other agencies and internally.  The templates are available here.

Training and information

Our training sessions incorporate information and resources on the Professional Standards. You can view our training here.

You can also view our information session and presentation slides where each group of professional standards where explored.

If you have any questions regarding the Professional Standards contact our enquiries team.

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