The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published freedom of information (FOI) statistics from 2012–13 in an open data format for the first time.
The statistics track the number of FOI requests to agencies and ministers, the outcome of those requests, compliance with timeframes, use of exemptions and charges and estimated FOI costs and staff time. The statistics also include data from the 2011–12 financial year and an overview of FOI request numbers, charges and costs since 1982, when the Freedom of Information Act commenced.
The freedom of information (FOI) Guidelines Part 4, on charges for access, has been updated by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). The OAIC recently released updates to Parts 2 (Scope of the application of the FOI Act), 5 (Exemptions) and 9 (Internal review), and will shortly release an update to Part 12 (vexatious applicants).
Agencies must have regard to these guidelines when they are performing a function or exercising a power under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
Professor John McMillan gave a presentation about the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) at a Public Law Weekend at the Australian National University on 15 November 2013. His speech reviews the last three years of the FOI Act, which have been the most active in the history of freedom of information (FOI) in Australia. The speech addresses the amendments to the Act in 2010, and developments since that time. Professor McMillan’s speech also discusses the role and activities of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, and places Australia in the context of global open government movements.