The 2010-11 reforms to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) have established an Information Publication Scheme (IPS) for relevant Australian Government agencies.
In accordance with section 8(1) of the FOI Act, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has prepared its IPS Agency Plan.
The purpose of this plan is to:
This IPS Plan outlines the mechanisms and procedures the Commission is required to undertake in managing and making information available. This includes:
The Commission’s Chief Operating Officer, with assistance from the Manager, Communications, oversees the implementation of the IPS.
The Commission’s FOI page will be the main portal through which members of the public can access the information made available by the Commission under its IPS.
The Commission’s FOI page explains how you can make a FOI request, the review process, fees and charges and contact information for the FOI Coordinator.
The disclosure log provides access to documents disclosed by the Commission pursuant to an FOI request by listing summary information such as title, date of release, including number of pages and descriptions of the types of documents released. The publication of this information is in accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act.
Interested parties may access copies of the documents listed in the Commission’s FOI Disclosure Log (either in hard copy, CD or, where possible, email) by contacting the FOI Coordinator.
Details about the Commission’s structure can be found here.
Commission Board members are statutory appointments.
We will try to publish as much information as possible, consistent with the objectives of the FOI Act. Our publication practices must, however, be balanced against its obligation to respect and maintain Confidential Commercial Information (CCI) and Personal Information.
The Commission may deal with highly sensitive personal and confidential information. This type of information will only be published when the public interest test applies or consent is provided by the owner of the information. The public and stakeholders should remain confident that any personal or confidential information the Commission possesses will be protected from release when it is appropriate to do this.
The Commission will ensure documents published can be found easily and are searchable. The Commission’s web site has user-friendly navigation and an easy to find search function.
The Commission’s web site will contain a list of any IPS documents that are impracticable to publish online. The web site will state that a person seeking access to any of these documents may contact the FOI Coordinator to arrange access.
The Commission encourages people to print copies of required documents, if they are available on the web site, rather than asking the Commission to do so. The Commission will impose a charge when we are asked to print a large number of documents. This is consistent with charges in the Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 1982, which generally apply to access requests, under Part III of the FOI Act.
The Commission will publish documents on its web site. If it is not possible to publish documents we will advise how the information can be obtained. Wherever possible, the Commission will provide online content in a format that can be searched, copied and transformed.
Wherever possible, we will provide online content in a format that can be searched, copied and transformed.
The Commission will publish all documents required under sections 8, 8(A), 8(C) and 8(D) of the FOI Act.
- Agency plan (s 8(2)(a))
- Organisational chart (s 8(2)(b))
- Statutory appointments (s 8(2)(d))
- What we do (s 8(2)(c))
- Who are we (s 8(2)c))
- Decision making powers (s 8(2)(c))
- Annual reports (s 8(2)(e))
- Information released pursuant to FOI requests (Disclosure Log) (s 8(2)(g))
- Consultation documentation (s8(2)(f))
- Operational information (s 8(2)(j))
- Contact information (s 8(2)(i))
- File Lists
- Grants reporting
- Discretionary Grants
- Publications, Statistics & Resources
Taking into account the objects of the FOI Act (s 8(4)), the Commission will publish on the web site as much information as possible to comply with the FOI Act and in the interests of full disclosure (in addition to the information published under s 8(2)).
The Commission will initially publish all mandated information. The Commission’s objective is to publish all possible information in the interests of full disclosure of the documents used by the department in its functions and decision-making. The Commission will be as proactive as possible in publishing both optional and operational information in order to comply with the reforms.
In line with the guidelines published by the OAIC, the Commission will regularly update and maintain the information framework and be prepared for the OAIC’s audit in the 5-year review period.
The Commission will ensure that all information is accurate and up to date at the time of publication.
All line areas will be responsible for auditing their operational documentation. The Commission will endeavour to maintain an accurate register of information.
The Commission’s objective is to ensure transparency and openness with the public in its decision making processes. The Commission will ensure that comments made by the public, in relation to this Agency Plan will be taken into account and the plan amended as appropriate.
Feedback on the Commission’s Agency Plan can be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Coordinator.
Freedom of Information Coordinator
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
GPO Box 5480
Sydney NSW 2001
or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone: +61 2 9126 3600 (International)