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Information Publication Scheme

Part II of the FOI Act establishes an Information Publication Scheme (IPS) for Australian Government agencies subject to the FOI Act. The IPS commenced on 1 May 2011 and requires agencies to publish a broad range of information on their websites.

In accordance with subsection 8(2) of the FOI Act, OPC publishes the following information:

Information Publication Scheme Plan

Who we are

Statutory appointments

OPC has three statutory officers appointed by the Governer-General. Appointments are for a term of seven years and office-holders can be re-appointed for further terms.

  • Peter Quiggin PSM - Appointed First Parliamentary Counsel 13 May 2004, reappointed 13 May 2011

  • Meredith Leigh - Appointed Second Parliamentary Counsel 1 March 2016

  • Keith Byles PSM - Appointed Second Parliamentary Counsel 14 January 2018

What we do

What we do is best summed up on the About OPC page of our website.

Routinely requested information

Reports, publications and responses to Parliament

Arrangements for public consultation

OPC drafts legislation on instruction from the Commonwealth agency responsibly for the administration of that legislation. The Commonwealth Administrative Arrangements Orders (AAOs) lists Commonwealth agencies and the legislation for which they are responsible. The most recent AAOs are available on the website of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Any public consultation regarding draft legislation would be carried out by the instructing agency.

Operational information

Under subsection 8A(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the operational information of an agency is:

...infomation held by the agency to assist the agency to perform or exercise the agency's functions or powers in making decisions or recommendations affecting members of the public (or any particular person or entity, or class of persons or entities).

OPC does not administer any legislation or schemes affecting the public and holds no operational information which is covered by subsection 8A(1) of the FOI Act.


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