Own Motion Investigation Report – Impediments to Timely FOI and Information Release
On 15 September 2020, the Victorian Information Commissioner commenced an investigation under Part VIB of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to identify factors contributing to delay in the release of government-held information in Victoria under the Act. This own motion investigation is the first of its kind to be undertaken under the FOI Act.
The objective of the investigation was to examine the FOI practices of five Victorian agencies to identify the factors contributing to delayed FOI decision making and information release at those agencies, and to make findings and recommendations to improve the timeliness of FOI decision making at those agencies and across Victoria generally.
The Own Motion Investigation Report was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 1 September 2021.