FOI news

In this section of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) website you will find current news relating to freedom of information.

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Update to FOI Guidelines Part 4

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.

Read more: Update to FOI Guidelines Part 4

Information Commissioner: Discussion of FOI 2010–2013

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.

Read more: Information Commissioner: Discussion of FOI 2010–2013

International Right to Know day

September 28th is International Right to Know day, a day when freedom of information (FOI) regulators and advocates get together to promote access and raise awareness of access to information.

Read more: International Right to Know day

FOI Guidelines updated

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) recently updated Parts 2 (Scope of the application of the FOI Act), 5 (Exemptions) and 9 (Internal review) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Guidelines. The OAIC anticipates releasing updates to Part 12 (Vexatious applicant declarations) in October 2013.

Read more: FOI Guidelines updated

Consultation on renewal of Disclosure Log determination

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is currently consulting on the renewal of the Disclosure Log Determination No. 2011-1 (Exempt Documents).

On 27 September 2011, the Information Commissioner made Disclosure Log Determination No. 2011-1 (Exempt Documents) under s 11C(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). The determination came into force on 17 October 2011 for a period of 2 years and will expire on 16 October 2013.

The consultation will run from 12 September 2013 until 3 October 2013.

Read more information about this consultation.

Read more: Consultation on renewal of Disclosure Log determination

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