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Freedom of information advanced module

FOI proactive publication scheme

Who should attend

This course is for employees who have involvement in, or responsibility for, their agency's compliance with the proactive publication regime in Part II and s 11C of the FOI Act.

Attendance at our 'Introduction to FOI' or 'Getting to grips' course, or equivalent training, would be of assistance but is not compulsory.

Course outline

This course will cover:

  • the requirements to 'push' disclosure of operational information and other agency details (ss 8-8D)
  • the effect of failing to publish (s 10)
  • the requirement to publicly disclose material released under FOI, including the manner of publication, the scope of the obligation and exceptions to the obligation (s 11C).

The course examines the operation of these requirements as from 1 May 2011 when reforms to the proactive publication regime commence operation. As with all AGS courses the emphasis is on hands-on learning with practical examples and case studies as well as discussion of the black letter law.


Participants will leave this course with new knowledge that will assist them to understand the parameters of the proactive publication regime and to make effective and appropriate decisions about what to publish and how.


Our presenters are experienced AGS lawyers who have a great depth of knowledge of the government environment and who practise extensively in the areas of information access.


This is a half-day course, either 9 am – 12.30 pm or 1.30 – 5 pm. The calendar indicates when sessions are being offered by either 'am' or 'pm'. Morning/afternoon tea will be provided.


Standard fee – $600 (inclusive of GST) per person

No more than 20 people will be accepted on each course and each course will only be conducted if we receive sufficient nominations.