Freedom of Information (FOI)
Information Publication Scheme
The Information Publication Scheme (IPS) aims to transform the freedom of information framework from one that responds to individual requests for access to documents to one that requires Australian Government agencies to take a proactive approach to publishing information. The scheme commences on 1 May 2011.
- Requires Australian Government agencies to publish information publication plans
- Specifies categories of information that must be published
- Provides a means for agencies to proactively publish other government information
Further information on the IPS is available from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website.
Freedom of Information
Reforms to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 introduced fundamental changes to the way information held by government is managed and accessed by members of the public. OAIC has published information on "What's changed in FOI?".
The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research is currently reviewing and updating its Freedom of Information content.
Applications for access to Departmental documents are made under section 15 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Requests should be directed to FOI@innovation.gov.au clearly stating that access is being sought under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 with a clear description of the documents being requested.
The FOI Coordinator is located in the legal section of the Business Collaboration Branch and deals with enquiries and applications for all Departmental areas, including AusIndustry. The contact details for the FOI Coordinator are:
Business Collaboration Branch
Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
GPO Box 9839
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6213 7742
Facsimile: 02 6290 8557
For further information about how to request information under the FOI Act, please refer to the Department's Freedom of Information content.