4. Accountability

4.1 Freedom of Information

The National Law and the National Regulations apply and modify the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).
 

Information Publication Scheme

As an agency subject to the FOI Act, ACECQA is required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). ACECQA's IPS is on the Authority's website and includes the Information Publication Plan and details of the Authority's:

  • organisational structure
  • governance
  • statutory appointments
  • functions and powers
  • reports
  • consultative arrangements
  • operational information.

Freedom of information requests

The following table shows the status of Freedom of Information applications for access to information for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Applications considered
Number
On hand as at 1 July 2015
-
Received
3
Granted in full
-
Granted in part
-
Access refused
-
Withdrawn
1
Transferred
2
On hand as at 30 June 2015
-
Internal reviews
-
Appeals to the National Education and Care Services Freedom of Information Commissioner
-
Appeals to the relevant Administrative Tribunal
-

 

4.2 Privacy

The National Law and the National Regulations apply and modify the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988. ACECQA must comply with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Privacy Amendment Act).

ACECQA's Australian Privacy Principles Policy sets out relevant information on the way personal information about staff and stakeholders is collected, handled, used and disclosed, as well as how it can be accessed and corrected. The Policy and ACECQA's Privacy Statement are located on the ACECQA website.

During 2015-16, ACECQA did not receive any privacy complaints. In addition, no investigations of ACECQA were undertaken by the National Education and Care Services Privacy Commissioner.

 

4.3 Ombudsman

The National Law and the National Regulations apply and modify the Commonwealth Ombudsman Act 1976. The Office of the Education and Care Services (ECS) Ombudsman is responsible for independently examining complaints and concerns about the administrative actions of ACECQA.

In 2015-16, ACECQA worked with the Office of the ECS Ombudsman to resolve any matters raised with the Ombudsman. No formal investigations were instigated by the ECS Ombudsman in the reporting period.

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