New guideline: Deliberative process

September 17, 2019 - 11:38am

The Office of the Information Commissioner has a new guideline available on deliberative process. It covers what it is, what it isn't, and how to apply the deliberative process public interest factors. 


2019 Solomon Lecture now available online

September 17, 2019 - 9:25am

Ms Fiona McLeod SC delivered the 2019 Solomon Lecture on Accountability in the Age of the Artificial, focusing on transparency, openness and accountability in the context of increasing adoption of technologies such as artificial intelligence in government functions and decision-making.


What if an applicant sends payment in a form your agency can't accept?

September 12, 2019 - 9:46am

Under the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act), a valid application must be accompanied by the application fee. However, some agencies only accept certain forms of payment or are only able to process forms of payment when they are received in specific ways. For example, an agency may only be able to accept credit card payments made over the phone.


OVIC Right to Know Day public forum & livestream

September 11, 2019 - 3:00pm

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner is hosting a public forum on Tuesday, 24 September at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne to celebrate Right to Know Day 2019.


Dealing with applications for 'all documents'

September 9, 2019 - 2:32pm

Access applications under the Right to Information Act 2009 or Information Privacy Act 2009 have specific compliance requirements, which are discussed in the guideline Assessing the Terms of an Access Application.

One of the compliance requirements is that an officer of the agency must be able to identify the documents the applicant wants to access. It is not uncommon for access applications to ask for all documents about a subject.