The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has prepared a Regulatory Impact Statement in relation to the proposed Freedom of Information Regulations 2019.

The proposed Regulations, to be made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act), prescribe a number of bodies as being subject to the Act. These bodies are broadly categorised as boards, committees and panels; denominational hospitals; TAFE Institutes; and other organisations. The proposed Regulations also exempt three statutory office holders from the Act (the Solicitor-General, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Public Advocate).

The objectives of the Freedom of Information Regulations 2019 are to:

(a) ensure that public bodies will be subject to appropriate levels of public openness and accountability;

(b) that there is a well-understood mechanism for people to seek access to, and amendment of, personal information held by public bodies;

(c) provide people with sufficient information to enable them to scrutinise government policies and decisions; and

(d) ensure that the provision of information does not risk compromising the integrity, confidentiality and independence of the role of certain statutory office holders.

The Regulatory Impact Statement examines the costs and benefits of the proposed Regulations and possible alternatives, and concludes that the proposed Regulations are the most efficient method of achieving the objectives.

Public comments are invited on the Regulatory Impact Statement and the proposed Regulations below.

Comments must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 15 March 2019.

We will use this to respond to your submission.

Do you work within Freedom of Information?

All comments and submissions will be treated as public documents, unless the person making the comment or submission requests that it not be publicly available.

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Privacy Collection Notice

DPC and our service providers value the privacy of every individual's personal information.

We are committed to protecting the information we collect, and comply with our obligations under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).

Protecting your privacy and your personal and health information is an important aspect of the way we create, organise and implement our activities online and offline.

Sharing your views through the Engage Victoria submission process will contribute to the review of Victoria’s Freedom of Information Regulations

We ask that when you provide a submission that you do not include any personal information or health information unless you have consented via the Engage Victoria website to your submission being identifiable when quoted or published as part of the review. Please note that you can provide your contact details separately to the review team on the Engage Victoria website so that you can be advised of the outcome of the consultation. You may access the personal information that you provide to the department by contacting the department on dp&c@dpc.vic.gov.au.

For more information on the department’s collection, use and disclosure of personal information, please refer to the department’s privacy policy through our website.