Freedom of information requests

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) gives you the right to access information held by us.

Before you make a freedom of information (FOI) request

it is important for you to know access to a large number of our documents and other information is limited by the proper application of exclusions provided for under the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (Vic).

Some documents and information including complaints and our investigations conducted are covered by exemptions and will not be released under freedom of information.

We already publish a range of information on our website. You may be able to find the information you need without having to make an FOI request.

Freedom of Information Part II statements

For the benefit of Victorians, we release information in a range of ways including online and in print publications.

The Freedom of Information Part II Information Statements (below) outline how we make information readily available to the public, reducing the need for members of the public to submit requests under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic).

If you have questions about freedom of information, or would like to find out more about what information IBAC can legally provide, please contact us.

 

Statement 1 – Organisation and functions

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) is Victoria’s largest anti-corruption agency, responsible for strengthening the integrity of the public sector and to enhance community confidence in public sector accountability. 

IBAC’s objectives and functions are set out under the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (Vic), and are to: 

  • provide for the identification, investigation and exposure of serious corrupt conduct, and police personnel misconduct
  • assist in the prevention of corrupt conduct, and police personnel misconduct
  • facilitate the education of the public sector and the community about the detrimental effects of corrupt conduct and police personnel misconduct on public administration and the community and the ways in which corrupt conduct and police personnel misconduct can be prevented
  • assist in improving the capacity of the public sector to prevent corrupt conduct and police personnel misconduct.

Information relating to the organisation and function of IBAC can be found on the About Us section of this website.

Category/topic Resource location

Acts relevant to IBAC

Key legislation and regulatory framework 

Key structures and functions IBAC
(Organisational chart)

About us ('Our people' tab)

What we do

About us ('What we do' tab)

 You can also contact us directly to seek information on our operations.


Statement 2 – Categories of documents created by IBAC 

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) creates a large number of electronic and hard copy documents in the course of its work. To assist in the management of its records, IBAC uses an electronic document and records management system to classify, store and access a broad range of documents.

The types of documents that IBAC creates and handles include, but are not limited to: 

  • correspondence 
  • case files 
  • briefings and reports 
  • meeting records 
  • reviews 
  • policy, procedures and standards 
  • registers 
  • financial records 
  • audio-visual materials and transcripts 
  • education resources.

The site map of this website shows the areas of work that IBAC undertakes and is where you may be able to find more information.

Documents created by the Office of Police Integrity that are held by IBAC

IBAC also holds all electronic and hard copy documents created by the former Office of Police Integrity (OPI). In broad terms, the types of documents that OPI created are the same as those types created by IBAC (listed above).

On 10 February 2013 the OPI and the Office of Director, Police Integrity, were abolished and succeeded by IBAC*. 

All information, documents, reports, records and equipment in the possession or control of the OPI under the Police Integrity Act 2008 (Vic) (PI Act), any other Act or otherwise, were transferred to the custody of IBAC and are taken to be information, documents, reports, records and equipment in the possession or control of IBAC** .

Many former OPI resources can be accessed on this website through our publications and resources.

*pursuant to clause of Schedule 1 of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (Vic) (IBAC Act)

**by operation of clause 6 of the IBAC Act


Statement 3 – Freedom of information arrangements 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act), members of the public have the right to request information and access documents about their personal affairs and the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission’s (IBAC) activities. IBAC’s website provides general information to assist people making requests for documents or information.

A freedom of information request must be made in writing. Requests for documents held by IBAC can be made using the FOI Request Form and sent to:

Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission 
Freedom of Information Officer
GPO Box 24234 
Melbourne VIC 3001

The Victorian Government’s FOI website contains further information how to access documents or information under the FOI Act.

Information on how to make a freedom of information request and how IBAC is complying with freedom of information obligations is also published in IBAC’s annual report.

Exclusions

Please check these exclusions prior to making a freedom of information application.

Certain IBAC and Office of Police Integrity (OPI) documents are excluded from the scope of the FOI Act.

Excluded documents under the FOI Act
IBAC documents OPI documents Protected disclosures

Section 194 of the IBAC Act states that the FOI Act does not apply to a document that is in IBAC’s possession to the extent to which the document discloses information that relates to:

- a complaint received by IBAC

- an investigation conducted under the IBAC Act

-a recommendation made by IBAC under the IBAC Act

- a report, including a draft report, on an investigation conducted under the IBAC Act

- information received by IBAC under s 56 of the IBAC Act (information relevant to the carrying out of IBAC’s investigative functions)

- a notification made to IBAC under s 57 of the IBAC Act (information regarding corrupt conduct)

Section 51 of the PI Act states that the FOI Act does not apply to a document to the extent to which the document discloses information that relates to:

- a complaint investigated by the Director under Part 3 of the Police Integrity (PI) Act

- an investigation under Part 3 of the PI Act, whether in relation to a complaint or otherwise

- a report on that investigation, including a report on the progress of the investigation

 

Section 78 of the PI Act states that the FOI Act does not apply to a document to the extent to which the document discloses information that:

- relates to a protected disclosure

- relates to an accessible disclosure

- is likely to lead to the identification of a person who made a protected disclosure

These are broad categories and include all documents and information relating to a complaint or investigation. 
These exemptions apply even if you are the complainant or person who has been under investigation by IBAC or OPI.

If any of the above exclusions apply to a document, the document will not be considered or provided under FOI and an application will not be successful under the FOI Act. 

If a document or information is not subject to the above exclusions, it will be assessed by IBAC under the FOI Act. A decision will be made on whether or not to release the document or whether an exemption under the FOI Act applies.  You can make a request by completing an FOI Request Form and sending it to IBAC. Your request should set out clearly the documents or information you seek from IBAC, with enough detail to enable IBAC to identify the relevant material.

IBAC may also refuse an FOI request where processing the request would substantially and unreasonably direct IBAC's resources from its other operations. You should therefore try to make your requests or access as specific or reasonably possible in the circumstances.


Statement 4 – Publications 

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) produces a range of publications, many of which you can find using the site map this website. 

Translations are available for some IBAC publications in the publications and resources section of our website.

Enquiries about publications can be directed to: 

Manager Education and Communications 
Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission 
GPO Box 24234 
Melbourne VIC 3001 

Key publications can be found in the publications and resources section of our website for the following topics:

  • Preventing corruption
  • Annual reports
  • Parliamentary reports
  • Research

IBAC must also publish an annual report containing a broad range of information about IBAC and its activities. 

Statement 5 – Rules, policies and procedures 

Find our internal rules, policies and procedures

  • Confidentiality
  • Protected disclosures
  • Key legislation and regulatory framework
  • Our accountability

Statement 6 – Report literature  

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) publishes final reports and records of decisions relating to policy.

Former OPI resources can also be accessed  in the publications and resources section of our website and includes a number of final reports and reviews.

Key publications can be found in the publications and resources section of our website for the following topics:

  • Research reports
  • OPI annual reports
  • OPI Parliamentary reports
  • OPI prevention and education resources
  • Other OPI documents and papers

How to make a request

  1. Download Freedom of Information Request Form [PDF 40.5KB]
  2. Print and complete the FOI request form
  3. Complete a cheque or money order for AUD $27.90
  4. Mail your completed form and money order to:
    Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission
    Freedom of Information Officer
    GPO Box 24234
    Melbourne VIC 3001

Fees and access charges

Fees and charges are determined by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Freedom of Information (Access Charges) Regulations 2014.

For more information, refer to the Freedom of Information Commission Fact Sheet: Fees and Charges

What happens to your request?

Once we receive your freedom of information request and the application fee, we must respond to you in writing no later than 45 days outlining the decision on your request.

Excluded documents

If you are not satisfied with a decision that no documents exist to which the FOI Act applies, you may request a review by the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner.

Other requests

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of any other request to us or have a complaint about the handling of your request, you may request a review of our decision by the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner.

The Freedom of Information Commissioner’s website provides further information and forms for requesting reviews of freedom of information decisions.

Need more information about FOI requests?

Visit the Victorian Freedom of Information Commissioner’s website or the Victorian Government Freedom of Information website.

If you have specific questions you want to ask us about freedom of information, or would like to find out more about what information we can legally provide, please contact us.