Objectives of the plan
The plan has been designed to outline appropriate procedures to:
- manage our information holdings relevant to the IPS
- proactively identify and publish all information required to be published under section 8 of the FOI Act, including this plan
- proactively identify and publish optional information
- review and ensure on a regular basis that information published under the IPS is accurate, up-to date and complete
- ensure that information published under the IPS is discoverable, understandable and re-usable
- ensure that the information published under the IPS is in an online format that conforms with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines where appropriate and practicable
FOI Disclosure Log
To comply with the requirements of section 11C of the FOI Act, we routinely publish documents provided under Part III of the FOI Act.
As a matter of course, we do not charge the public for access to information required to be published under the IPS. Where charges are imposed for the copies of publications that contain information required to be published under the IPS, those charges will be clearly outlined on our website.
Information required to be published
How the information will be made available to the public.
We will publish the information required to be published on our website at www.acma.gov.au.
The format of online publication will be in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines where appropriate and practicable.
There is a dedicated FOI page outlining how members of the public can request access to documents under the FOI Act, and links to the ACMA's plan and the Disclosure Log.
Details of the structure of the agency's organisation (paragraph 8(2)(b))
Our organisation chart can be accessed on the ACMA website. More information on the ACMA's organisational structure is also available on the website under the heading 'About the ACMA'.
Details of the functions of the agency, including its decision-making powers and other powers affecting members of the public (paragraph 8(2)(c))
Our powers and functions in the areas of broadcasting, radiocommunications, telecommunications and the internet are outlined on the ACMA website under each of these relevant areas.
Details of appointments of officers of the agency that are made under Acts (other than APS employees within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999) (paragraph 8(2)(d))
Information on the members of the Authority of the ACMA, appointed under the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 (the ACMA Act) can be accessed on the ACMA website.
Officers of the ACMA who are also members of statutory committees and the Consumer Consultative Forum set up under sections 58 and 59 of the ACMA Act are provided on our website.
The information in annual reports prepared by the agency that are laid before the Parliament (paragraph 8(2)(e))
Our annual report is published under section 56 of the ACMA Act. Current and past annual reports are available on the ACMA website.
Statutory reports published by the ACMA can be accessed on our website.
The ACMA publishes an annual Communications Report under section 105 of the Telecommunications Act 1997. The current and past reports can be accessed on our website.
Details of arrangements for members of the public to comment on specific policy proposals for which the agency is responsible, including how (and to whom) those comments may be made (paragraph 8(2)(f)
We regularly publish discussion and consultation papers on our website seeking public comment on regulatory and legislative proposals of the ACMA. Details of how and to whom comments can be made are published on our website, or in the individual papers themselves. In addition to written (hardcopy or electronic) submissions, we also have a Facebook page and a presence on Twitter, both of which provide the public with the opportunity to comment on policy proposals of the ACMA. Details on specific policy proposals and major projects that the public can comment on are available on the ACMA's website.
Information in documents to which the agency routinely gives access in response to requests under Part III of the FOI Act (paragraph 8(2)(g))
Section 11C of the FOI Act requires the ACMA to publish a Disclosure Log which contains a list of, and links to, documents released under Part III of the FOI Act.
Information held by the agency that is routinely provided to the Parliament in response to requests and orders from the Parliament (paragraph 8(2)(h))
This information can be accessed on the ACMA's website.
Contact details (paragraph 8(2)(i))
For information on the IPS and the Disclosure Log, as well as information on the processing of FOI requests, please contact the FOI Coordinator:
PO Box 13112
Melbourne, Victoria 8010
Tel: (03) 9963 6800
For information about publications and content on the ACMA's website, please refer to the contact details provided on our website.
Operational Information (paragraph 8(2)(j))
The ACMA is a statutory agency that regulates broadcasting, radiocommunications, telecommunications and the internet. Operational information of the agency is published on the ACMA website under each of these categories or areas that the ACMA regulates. The public can access operational information either by browsing relevant information in their area of interest or by conducting appropriate searches on the ACMA website.
We may publish a range of "optional information" in accordance with subsection 8(4) of the FOI Act. We publish a range of information on our website that is of interest to the public, including the following classes of information:
- information about our priorities, (e.g. corporate and strategic plans) can be accessed on our website
- statements about our finances (e.g. procurement procedures, tendering and contracts) can be found on our website
- agency lists (e.g. list of files, agency contracts, data sets) can be accessed on our website
Administering the IPS
We will continue to meet our IPS obligations by:
- maintaining and publishing documents on the Disclosure Log
- identifying on an ongoing basis any information that is required to be published under subsection 8(2) of the FOI Act, or that may and should be published under subsection 8(4) of the FOI Act, and publishing that information
- ensuring that the information published continues to be discoverable, accessible, and useable, as well as accurate, up-to-date and complete
- ensuring that information about any charges to be imposed for access to information, and how they will be calculated, continues to be published
We will review the operation of the IPS regularly.