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- What is the Information Publication Scheme?
- What is the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner doing about it?
- Required Information
- Other Information
- List of documents which are impracticable to publish online
What is 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 agencies 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.
What is the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner doing about it?The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is commited to taking a proactive approach to publishing information. Our Agency IPS plan outlines our approach to the scheme and what we will include in our IPS entry. Below are headings for each of the categories of information we are publishing in our IPS entry. Under each heading are links to the information or documents. If you have any difficulty accessing any information please contact us.
The OAIC is also the agency with oversight responsibility for the IPS scheme for all Australian Government agencies which are subject to the FOI Act. To find out more about the IPS see our FOI Fact Sheet 4 at www.oaic.gov.au/publications/factsheets.html. More detailed information to assist other Australian Government agencies in developing their own IPS entry is available on our Agency resources page.
Information on requesting access to other information the OAIC holds, not published through the IPS or elsewhere on our website, can be found on the ‘Access our information’ page at www.oaic.gov.au/foi.
Information that we have released under freedom of information requests is available on our ‘Disclosure log’ page at www.oaic.gov.au/disclosurelog
Agency IPS planOAIC's Agency IPS plan (April 2011) PDF, RTF
Who we are
- General information
- Our Executive
- Our structure
- Our employee enterprise agreement
- Information about careers with us
- Information about our statutory appointments
What we do
- General information
- Freedom of information functions
- Privacy functions
- Information policy functions
- Information Advisory Committee
- Privacy Advisory Committee
Our functional delegations and authorisations are included in Other operational information.
Our reports and responses to parliament
Our reports and responses to parliament are found through our Corporate information page. That page includes links to our Annual Reports and our responses to the Senate orders in relation to file lists and grants and appointments and vacancies.
Routinely requested information and disclosure logInformation that can be published resulting from freedom of information requests and any routinely released information from such requests is found on our Disclosure log page.
The OAIC employs a range of external consultation mechanisms, including through the release of issues or discussion papers, the use of blogs and other social media tools.
All public consultations on policy proposals will be listed on our Consultations page. That page gives more information about how comments can be made on OAIC consultations.
We have comprehensive information about how you can make contact with us at www.oaic.gov.au/about/contact.html including in relation to freedom of information requests and this IPS entry.
Information about our budget can be found on our Corporate information page.
Details of our major contracts are listed on the Australian Government's AusTender site.
Information about our pay and grading structures is found in our enterprise agreement. The enterprise agreement, together with information about our financial delegations and authorisations, can be found on our Corporate information page.
For the OAIC's statutory appointments and our responses to Senate orders in relation to grants and appointments/vacancies etc see our Corporate information page.
Our datasets are available on the data.gov.au website.
Our submissionsOur submissions to parliamentary committees and other inquiries can be found on our submissions page
Our corporate policies, for example our business continuity plan, are available on the Corporate information page.
The OAIC is continuing to update many of the corporate policies of the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner. As they are updated we will include them as part of our IPS entry.
- Privacy Performance Assessment Charter (PDF)
- Privacy Performance Assessment Manual (PDF)
- Fact sheets
List of documents which are impracticable to publish online
If you wish to have access to any of the documents in the list below of documents not available online please contact us.
There may be charges where the reimbursement or incidental cost would be more than $100. Generally we will not charge where the cost would be below $100. Charges are noted in the following table.
10 cents per page
Copy (other than photocopy)
$4.40 per page
Copy of the document in the form of a computer tape or a computer disk
An amount not exceeding the actual costs incurred by the OAIC in producing the copy
Copy of the document to be sent to the applicant by post or delivered to the applicant
An amount not exceeding the cost of postage or delivery
|OPC 1||Office of the Privacy Commissioner annual reports||1988–1989, 1989–1990, 1990–1991, 1991–1992, 1992–1993, 1993–1994, 1994–1995, 1995–1996, 1996–1997|
|OAIC 1||External training CD on FOI reforms||March 2011|
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We invite you to provide comments on our Information Publication Scheme entry, particularly in relation to any documents that appear not to be discoverable, understandable or machine-readable. See our general contacts page for information on contacting us or send an email to email@example.com
*Note: The IPS RSS feed only includes items added to the OAIC's website, which fit within the OAIC's Information Publication Scheme, and that have not been added to the OAIC's Latest News and Events, Decisions RSS, Disclosure log or Privacy law reform RSS feeds.