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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1982


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART I--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Short title and commencement  
   3.      Object of Act  
   4.      Act binds the Crown  
   5.      Definitions  
   6.      Act not to apply to courts etc.  
   6AA.    Act not to apply to access to certain documents of Freedom of Information Commissioner  
   6A.     Relationship with other laws  

   PART IA--FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

   6B.     Freedom of Information Commissioner  
   6C.     Functions and powers of Freedom of Information Commissioner  
   6D.     Appointment of Freedom of Information Commissioner  
   6DA.    Appointment of Assistant Commissioners  
   6DB.    Functions and powers of Assistant Commissioners  
   6DC.    Assistant Commissioner is responsible to Freedom of Information Commissioner  
   6E.     Terms and conditions of appointment  
   6F.     Remuneration  
   6G.     Vacancy and resignation  
   6H.     Suspension and removal from office  
   6I.     Acting Freedom of Information Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners  
   6J.     Staff  
   6K.     Delegation  

   PART IB--PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

   6L.     Development of professional standards  
   6M.     Compliance with professional standards when prescribed by regulations  

   PART II--PUBLICATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION

   7.      Publication of information concerning functions etc. of agencies  
   8.      Certain documents to be available for inspection and purchase  
   9.      Unpublished documents not to prejudice public  
   10.     Cabinet register  
   11.     Statement of certain documents in possession of agencies to be published  
   12.     Notices to require specification of documents in statements  

   PART III--ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

   13.     Right of access  
   14.     Part not to apply to certain documents  
   15.     Documents in the Public Record Office  
   16.     Access to documents apart from Act  
   17.     Requests for access  
   18.     Transfer of requests  
   19.     Requests involving use of computers etc.  
   20.     Access to documents to be given on request  
   21.     Time within which formal requests to be decided  
   22.     Charges for access to documents  
   23.     Forms of access  
   24.     Deferment of access  
   24A.    Repeated requests  
   25.     Deletion of exempt matter or irrelevant material  
   25A.    Requests may be refused in certain cases  
   26.     Decision to be made by authorized person  
   27.     Reasons etc. to be given  

   PART IV--EXEMPT DOCUMENTS

   27A.    Interpretation  
   28.     Cabinet documents  
   29.     Documents containing matter communicated by any other State  
   29A.    Documents affecting national security, defence or international relations  
   29B.    Documents of Court Services Victoria  
   30.     Internal working documents  
   31.     Law enforcement documents  
   32.     Documents affecting legal proceedings  
   33.     Document affecting personal privacy  
   34.     Documents relating to trade secrets etc.  
   35.     Documents containing material obtained in confidence  
   36.     Disclosure contrary to public interest  
   37.     Certain documents arising out of companies and securities legislation  
   38.     Documents to which secrecy provisions of enactments apply  
   38A.    Council documents  

   PART V--AMENDMENT OF PERSONAL RECORDS

   39.     Person may request amendment of record  
   40.     Form of request for amendment of record  
   41.     Agency or Minister may amend record  
   42.     Notation on record  
   43.     Time within which agency or Minister must notify claimant  
   44.     When section 26 to apply  
   45.     When section 27 to apply  
   46.     Where request refused  
   47.     Notice to be added to the record  
   48.     Notice may be given to persons who received the information prior to commencement of section  
   49.      How corrections or amendments are made  

   PART VI--REVIEW OF DECISIONS

   49A.    Applications to Freedom of Information Commissioner for review  
   49B.    Time for applying for review  
   49C.    Form of application  
   49D.    Notice and copies of application for review  
   49E.    Parties to review  
   49EA.   Referral to Assistant Commissioner  
   49F.    Review of Decision  
   49G.    Freedom of Information Commissioner may determine not to accept application or may dismiss review  
   49H.    Procedure on review  
   49I.    Agency must assist Freedom of Information Commissioner  
   49J.    Effect of delay by Freedom of Information Commissioner in relation to requests  
   49K.    Preliminary inquiries  
   49L.    Referral back to agency for reconsideration  
   49M.    Reconsideration at agency's own initiative  
   49MA.   Procedure after reconsideration under section 49L or 49M  
   49N.    Freedom of Information Commissioner may facilitate a negotiated agreement  
   49O.    Referral of matter to a relevant authority  
   49OA.   Review of decisions under section 25A(5)  
   49P.    Decision on review  
   49Q.    Conciliation by Health Complaints Commissioner  
   50.     Applications for review by the Tribunal  
   51.     Freedom of Information Commissioner may be called on to assist Tribunal  
   52.     Time for applying for review  
   53.     Reviews where decisions delayed  
   53AA.   Procedure where Tribunal determines that there do not exist reasonable grounds for claim under section 29A  
   53A.    Notification of reviews regarding documents affecting personal privacy  
   54.     Parties  
   55.     Onus  
   56.     Inspection of exempt documents by Tribunal  
   59.     Tribunal may reduce or waive charges  
   61.     Disciplinary action  

   PART VIA--COMPLAINTS

   61A.    Complaints  
   61AB.   Referral to Assistant Commissioner  
   61B.    Freedom of Information Commissioner may accept or decline to deal with complaint  
   61C.    Referral of complaint to another body  
   61D.    Notice of decision to investigate complaint  
   61E.    Agency or Minister to co-operate with Freedom of Information Commissioner  
   61F.    Complaint must be dealt with in private  
   61G.    Preliminary inquiries and consultation  
   61H.    Conciliation of complaint  
   61I.    Procedure for dealing with complaint if conciliation fails  
   61J.    Power to compel prescribed agency to produce documents  
   61K.    Application to Supreme Court  
   61L.    Outcome of complaint  
   61M.    Complaints notified or referred by other bodies  
   61N.    Communication of information to appropriate body  

   PART VII--MISCELLANEOUS

   62.     Protection against actions for defamation or breach of confidence  
   63.     Protection in respect of offences  
   63A.    Freedom of Information Commissioner and certain other persons not compellable to produce documents in legal proceedings  
   63B.    Protection of person making complaint  
   63C.    Production of exempt document  
   63D.    Use of documents claimed to be exempt  
   64.     Reporting by Freedom of Information Commissioner  
   64A.    Reports in relation to decisions by and matters before Supreme Court or Tribunal  
   64B.    Duty of agency or Minister to comply with requirements of Freedom of Information Commissioner  
   65AB.   Report to Parliament by Minister  
   66.     Regulations  
   67.     Retrospective operation of law  
   68.     Transitional  
   69.     Transitional provisions—Freedom of Information Amendment (Freedom of Information Commissioner) Act 2012  
   70.     Transitional provisions—Freedom of Information and Victorian Inspectorate Acts Amendment Act 2014  
   71.     Transitional provision—Inquiries Act 2014  
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