The 2010-11 reforms to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) have established the OAIC Information Publication Scheme (IPS) for relevant Australian Government agencies.
The IPS requires agencies to publish a broad range of information on their websites, and to make it available for downloading where possible. The IPS enhances the amount of government information that is available to the public and underpins a pro-disclosure culture across government. As part of this, agencies are also required to publish an Agency Plan to explain how they intend to implement the IPS
Health's Information Publication Scheme
Purpose of Freedom of Information (FOI)The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 , (“the FOI Act”) is to give members of the public rights of access to information held by the Government of the Commonwealth and of its agencies.
Making a Freedom of Information (FOI) requestThe request must:
- be made in writing;
- state that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act;
- provide enough information to Health to clearly identify the documents sought.
FOI requests should be sent to:
Freedom of Information Coordinator
Department of Health
GPO Box 9848
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Email FOI (email@example.com)
ChargesThe FOI Act provides that charges may be imposed for processing FOI requests.
Health may decide to reduce or not impose charges for any reason, including where the applicant can establish grounds of financial hardship or general public interest.
Cheques and money orders are to be made payable to Department of Health.
Contacts and further informationIf you would like further information about making a Freedom of Information request, please contact the FOI Unit on +61 2 6289 1666 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website provides useful information about the FOI process, publications and resources.
When accessing large documents (over 500 KB in size), it is recommended that the following procedure be used:
- Click the link with the RIGHT mouse button
- Choose "Save Target As.../Save Link As..." depending on your browser
- Select an appropriate folder on a local drive to place the downloaded file
Attempting to open large documents within the browser window (by left-clicking)
may inhibit your ability to continue browsing while the document is
opening and/or lead to system problems.
To view PDF (Portable Document Format) documents, you will need to have a PDF reader installed on your computer. A number of PDF readers are available through the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) Web Guide website.