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Practice notes and guides

These practice notes and guides provide information on agency obligations and facilitating access to information under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

They are complemented by the FOI Guidelines and customisable templates that agencies can use when corresponding with applicants, third parties, and internal staff.

Note: Many of OVIC’s practice notes have been retired. The content of these practice notes has now been incorporated into the comprehensive FOI Guidelines. Content from the retired practice notes can be found under the relevant or corresponding section of the FOI Guidelines.

Responsibilities under the Act

Introduction to Public Access to Information in Victoria

Responsibilities of principal officers under the FOI Act

Responsibilities of Victorian public sector staff under the FOI Act

Noting and briefing processes on freedom of information decisions

Proactive and informal release

Proactive and Informal Release Policy – Template and Guide

Proactive release of information

Informal release of information

Releasing Council information proactively and informally under the Local Government Act 2020 and Freedom of Information Act 1982

Release of health records held by Victorian public sector agencies



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