Part IB of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) allows the Information Commissioner to develop professional standards relating to the conduct of agencies in performing their functions under the FOI Act, and the administration and operation of the FOI Act by agencies.

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) has developed draft professional standards and is seeking submissions from Victorian public sector agencies and other interested parties.

The professional standards prescribe how Victorian public sector agencies must discharge certain obligations under the FOI Act. The professional standards will be supported by a suite of guidance materials to assist and support agencies in meeting their obligations under the new professional standards.

Once the consultation period has ended, OVIC will review all submissions received and make amendments to the draft professional standards where appropriate.

Download the draft professional standards below or view them online here.

Make a submission

Submissions must be provided to OVIC by 5pm, 3 May 2018.

A template submission form has been developed that agencies, organisations and individuals can use to provide feedback to OVIC. The submission form can be downloaded below.

Submissions can be emailed to policyteam@ovic.vic.gov.au or posted to:

Professional Standards
Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
PO Box 24274
Melbourne VIC 3001

For more information on the professional standards project, please see the FAQs on OVIC's website.

Collection notice

You are not required to provide any personal information in order to make a submission on the draft professional standards. All fields on the submission form relating to personal information are optional. Where you choose to provide personal information, OVIC may use it to provide you consolidated feedback on the submissions we receive, seek clarification on your submission or notify you when the professional standards are issued. If you choose to provide personal information, we ask that you do not include this information anywhere other than the designated fields on the submission form.

If you choose to make your submission by email, we may be able to identify you from your email address. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can post your submission to OVIC.

OVIC will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law. You may contact OVIC to request access to any personal information you have provided to us by emailing enquiries@ovic.vic.gov.au.

For further information on how your personal information is handled please review the privacy policy of OVIC and Engage Victoria.