Information Publication Scheme
Part 2 of the Freedom of Information Act establishes an Information Publication Scheme (IPS) for Australian Government agencies subject to the Act. The IPS commenced on 1 May 2011 and requires the Department of Defence to publish a broad range of information on this website. Defence is also required to publish a plan that explains how the IPS is administered.
The IPS underpins a pro-disclosure culture across government, and transforms the freedom of information framework from one that is reactive to individual requests for documents, to one that also relies more heavily on agency driven publication of information. The IPS requirements are intended to facilitate and promote public access to information promptly and at the lowest reasonable cost.
You can find out more about the Information Publication Scheme at the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
Information required to be published under the IPS:
- the Defence Information Publication Scheme Plan
- details of the department's organisation structure and its functions and powers
- details of statutory appointments
- the department's annual reports
- details of current consultations being run by the department
- information the department routinely provides to Parliament
- the department's FOI Disclosure Log and Contact officers
- the department's operational information
In addition to the above, Defence proactively publishes a range of other information under the IPS. For a complete list of information published under the Defence IPS, preview the IPS site map.