The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives individuals a legally enforceable right of access to government documents, subject to specific exemptions.
The FOI Act includes an Information Publication Scheme (IPS), which is intended to promote the proactive disclosure of public sector information across government.
The eSafety Commissioner and Australian Communications and Media Authority staff assisting her (‘the Office’) is an agency for the purposes of the FOI Act.
This Agency Plan outlines how we will comply with the requirements of the IPS and facilitate the FOI Act’s objectives of transparency, accountability and public engagement.
The eSafety Commissioner is responsible for promoting online safety for all Australians.
The Commissioner’s regulatory functions and activities include handling complaints and reports under the Enhancing Online Safety for Act 2015, and the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.
We also provide online safety education for children and young people. We also publish a range of online safety information and advice, including for parents, seniors and women experiencing technology-facilitated abuse.
The purpose of this plan is to outline:
Our objective in publishing this plan is to outline appropriate mechanisms and procedures to:
The Office’s FOI functions are co-ordinated through our Legal and Policy Team. Legal and Policy is responsible for co-ordinating the development and implementation of the Office’s FOI arrangements, including establishing and assisting with the administration of the IPS.
The Section Manager of Legal and Policy is the designated senior officer responsible for leading the Office's compliance with the IPS.
A Senior Policy Officer within Legal and Policy is the designated officer responsible for handling access to document requests.
As part of managing the ongoing administration of the Office’s IPS information holdings, the Office will be proactive in developing a range of documents and tools to ensure our compliance with the IPS.
We are required to publish certain types of information under the IPS.
Our IPS entry will be published on this website in the following sections:
Further detail about the information available under these headings is provided below.
This outlines the role of the Office and our mission. It also includes links to operational information relating to our functions and activities, including in relation to our online safety education, serious cyberbullying targeted at an Australian child and the Online Content Scheme. It also outlines our research work.
This section also includes a biography of the eSafety Commissioner and our organisation chart.
For statutory appointees, we will publish the name of the person appointed, the length or term of appointment, the position to which the person is appointed (and particulars of the position) and the provision of the Act under which the person is appointed.
This outlines whether we have any consultation processes open for contribution, as well as how you may engage with us as part of our regulatory functions.
This includes our annual reports and other documents routinely provided to the Parliament.
This outlines the process for making a request under the FOI Act and how we’ll handle your request. It also clarifies that the eSafety Commissioner’s work in relation to offensive or illegal content under Schedule 5 and 7 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 is a specific exemption in the FOI Act.
This includes the name, telephone number and an email address for a contact officer who can be contacted about access to the Office’s information or documents under the FOI Act.
Consistent with the objects of the FOI Act, we also seek to publish information in addition to what is required under the FOI Act.
To ensure our IPS information is easily searchable, discoverable and easy to understand, we will:
We will review our agency plan at least annually, in the context of our overall strategic planning process, and update it if necessary.
We will review the operation of our IPS entry at least every five years, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Australian Information Commissioner.
We will also review our IPS entry, if any significant changes occur to our functions or activities.
We will consider how we can engage with the public on this compliance review process.