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‘One stop shop’ for privacy, FOI and information policy just got better

The Office of the Australian Information Commission (OAIC) today launched a new website providing a ‘one stop shop’ for information about privacy, freedom of information (FOI) and information policy. The OAIC website ( will continue to deliver integrated content and includes a range of new features.

‘The new website is a significant milestone for the OAIC. Our website further integrates the OAIC’s three functions, enabling business, agencies and individuals to access information about privacy, FOI and information policy in the one place,’ said Professor John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner.

As of today, the temporary OAIC website and the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) website are no longer available. Both websites will be archived and made available via the Australian Government’s web archive, Pandora (

The majority of content from the temporary OAIC and the OPC websites has been reviewed. A large number of documents from the OPC website have been archived or automatically moved across to the new website. Another 100 documents have been rebranded and reclassified.

‘While the structure and content of the website is a significant change for the OAIC’s stakeholders, we have ensured that our website’s structure is very clear so that content is even easier to find. We have also applied redirects for significant material so that it can be easily located on the new website,’ Professor McMillan advised.

The new website has been designed with a range of Australia Government policies and other standards in mind. For example, over time information published under the OAIC’s Information Public Scheme (IPS) will be clearly identified, and webpage metadata will comply with National Archives Australia and OAIC guidance. The website has also been designed to comply with web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.0) to a AA rating, to ensure we are meeting our requirements in advance of the December 2014 deadline. WCAG 2.0 is Australian Government policy and will ensure web content is accessible by people with a range of disabilities.

Over the next six months, the OAIC will roll out enhanced web 2.0 features including blogs, comment facilities, online forms and enhanced social media engagement.

 ‘In the spirit of open government, the OAIC welcomes feedback on the new website. We are yet to roll out the website’s full functionality and we expect there will be some kinks to iron out. We are encouraging our stakeholders to use the feedback mechanism available on each page of the website to let us know of any issues that they might identify.’ 

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