What is the Information Publication Scheme?
As a result of major changes to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), Australian government agencies which are subject to the Act, are required to publish a range of information on their websites as part of an Information Publication Scheme (IPS). This includes the agencies structure, functions, appointments, annual reports,consultation arrangements, and details of the agency’s FOI officer. Information routinely released from FOI requests and routinely provided to parliament must also be published online.
The Scheme is intended to form the basis for a more open and transparent culture across government with agencies encouraged to take a proactive approach to publishing the information they hold, and to consider what they should be publishing over and above what they are obliged to publish.
As a part of the Department of Defence, within VCDF Group, The Centre’s responsibilities under the FoI Act fall under those of the Department of Defence. The Department’s Information Publication Scheme information is available on the Department’s site.