Information about the Information Publication Scheme
As a result of major changes to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), Australian Government agencies which are subject to the FOI Act, are required to publish a range of information on their websites as part of an Information Publication Scheme (IPS). This includes the agency's structure, functions, appointments, annual reports, consultation arrangements, and details of the agency's FOI officer. Information routinely released from FOI requests and routinely provided to parliament must also be published online.
The Scheme is intended to form the basis for a more open and transparent culture across government with agencies encouraged to take a proactive approach to publishing the information they hold, and to consider what they should be publishing over and above what they are obliged to publish.
The Office of the Information Commissioner's IPS entry is found at http://www.oaic.gov.au/ips/