Changes to Freedom of Information
12 May 2011
The Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Act 2010 introduced changes on 1 November 2010 to the FOI fees which could be charged by government agencies. As part of the FOI reform, from 1 May 2011 agencies must publish a range of information to comply with the Information Publication Scheme (IPS) requirements.
Our Agency Plan outlines how it will implement and administer the IPS, and lists the information that will be made available. This includes;
- IP Australia's organisational structure;
- Statutory appointments;
- Functions and powers;
- Decisions made under the Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Plant Breeder's Rights Acts;
- Annual reports;
- Consultation arrangements; and
- Other information on IP Australia's activities.
While much of this information is already available via our website, it has now been centralised for easy access by our customers and the public generally.
Amendments to the FOI Act also require agencies to publish copies of documents released to FOI applicants. We will now provide access to the released documents and a description of those documents in a Disclosure Log. The documents will be published on the our website subject to personal and business information exceptions and will be available to view without charge for up to 12 months through this Disclosure Log.
Last Updated: 15/9/2012