Reforms to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 [Cwlth] (the FOI Act) introduced fundamental changes to the way information held by Commonwealth agencies is managed and accessed by members of the public. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published an FOI fact sheet which describes the changes the reforms have made to the Commonwealth Freedom of Information framework. Please visit the OAIC website for further information.
Applications for access to documents held by the Department of Education and Training may be made under Section 15 of the FOI Act.
To make a request under the FOI Act, the request must:
- be made in writing
- provide a physical or electronic address to where notices may be sent
- provide enough information for an officer of the Department to identify the documents
- state that the request is made under the the FOI Act.
Requests for access to documents under the FOI Act should be directed to FOI@education.gov.au.
The FOI Coordinator deals with Freedom of Information enquiries and applications for the whole Department, including Preparing Secondary Students for Work.
The contact details for the FOI Coordinator are:
The FOI Coordinator
Schools, Youth, Child Care and Corporate Legal Branch
Location Code: C50MA10 - LEGAL
GPO BOX 9880
CANBERRA ACT 2601
More information is available at the Department's website:
Information Publication Scheme
The Information Publication Scheme (IPS) aims to transform the Commonwealth Freedom of Information framework from one that responds to individual requests for access to documents, to one that requires Commonwealth agencies to take a proactive approach to publishing information. The IPS commenced on 1 May 2011.
The IPS provides a means for agencies to proactively publish information, such as:
- an agency's information publication plan
- operational information
- other specific categories of information described in Section 8 (2) of the FOI Act.
Further information on the IPS is available from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner(OAIC) website.