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CSIRO publishes information on this site as part of the Information Publication Scheme, set up under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) to promote public access to information held by government agencies.
Ms Karen Robinson
Freedom of Information Officer
+61 2 6276 6431
CSIRO is bound by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 Cth (the 'FOI Act') and is required to comply with the provisions of the FOI Act relating to the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). The IPS is in keeping with the reforms to the FOI Act to promote open and transparent communication of government information.
The IPS commenced on 1 May 2011 and requires agencies to publish a broad range of information online. For more details on the IPS see the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner .
CSIRO has prepared this Agency Plan in accordance with section 8(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 Cth (the 'FOI Act') to describe how CSIRO implements and administers the IPS in respect of information held by CSIRO.
The purpose of this Agency Plan is to:
This Agency Plan sets out the measures CSIRO has implemented to:
CSIRO’s Legal function is responsible for managing CSIRO’s compliance with the Information Publication Scheme (IPS), with support from the following CSIRO functions:
To a large extent, CSIRO leverages off its existing framework for online publication of information relating to CSIRO to meet its obligations under the IPS.
CSIRO has developed a spreadsheet of information required to be published under the IPS which will be added to as more documents and information are created within CSIRO.
CSIRO undertakes ongoing consultation with its various internal functions to identify information within CSIRO that will be part of the IPS, either as part of the requirements of the scheme or as optional information.
CSIRO has also developed an FOI Disclosure Log to record information released in response to an FOI request that can also be published as part of the IPS.
CSIRO has established an IPS webpage within CSIRO’s internet site (csiro.au) that will manage the information falling within the IPS and to ensure that it is easy to find, access and use.
Managing the information in this way will also ensure its accuracy, currency and completeness for the purposes of the IPS.
CSIRO may impose charges for access to an IPS document if it is impractical to provide an electronic copy of that document.
Charges will be the lowest reasonable cost to reimburse CSIRO for its costs in providing the document (e.g. in the case of providing documents on a CD or DVD or if significant amounts of photocopying are involved).
CSIRO has an Information Publication Scheme (IPS) webpage.
CSIRO's IPS information on its IPS webpage is published under the following headings:
To make its IPS information easy to navigate, CSIRO will also:
CSIRO will ensure that documents published online will meet the WCAG 2.0 requirements where possible. As far as practicable, CSIRO will publish online information in HTML, MSWord and PDF format. When this is not possible, CSIRO will provide the information in another format on request.
Where CSIRO has published any IPS documents as part of another scheme, such as under www.data.gov.au , CSIRO will publish on its IPS webpage information about those documents and the relevant scheme.
Under section 8 of the FOI Act, from 1 May 2011, all Commonwealth agencies have been required to provide access to certain categories of information.
In assessing which information to make available, CSIRO has regard to the objects of the FOI Act and guidelines issued by the Australian Information Commissioner.
CSIRO will publish the following categories of information as required under the IPS:
The FOI Disclosure Log contains a summary of FOI requests received by CSIRO as well as relevant documents or details of how the documents may be accessed. However, personal, family, business, commercial, financial or professional information will not be published in the Disclosure Log where CSIRO decides it is unreasonable to publish that information.
CSIRO already publishes a wide range of information online about its activities. Not all of this information is required by the Information Publication Scheme (IPS).
In addition to the information outlined above as being required by the IPS, CSIRO will include the following types of information as part of the IPS:
CSIRO will not publish information that is exempt from disclosure under the FOI Act or which CSIRO is prohibited from publishing by another law.
This may include:
As part of this process, issues such as confidentiality, intellectual property protection and privacy will be considered. The requirements of the IPS will also be integrated into CSIRO’s existing policies, such as those relating to records management and intellectual property.
CSIRO's ongoing compliance with the IPS is managed by the Legal function, including the FOI Officer and with support from other CSIRO functions such as Governance, Records Management, Information Management and Technology and Communications.
CSIRO will review and revise this Agency Plan at least annually.
CSIRO will review the operation of its IPS from time to time and at least every five years, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner regarding IPS compliance review.
CSIRO welcomes any comments on its Agency Plan, addressed to FOI@csiro.au
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Last updated: Last updated: 3 June 2015
Printed from: Information Publication Scheme – Agency Plan (http://csiroaucd2-cdc.it.csiro.au/en/About/Access-to-information/Information-Publication-Scheme/IPS-Agency-Plan)