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How it all works.

Information Publication Scheme for the Classification Board

Information Publication Scheme (IPS) for the Classification Board


Subsection 8(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 requires agencies to publish certain information on their websites. 'Publish' can include a statement that the information exists along with details of how it can be obtained. The information required by subsection 8(2) to be published by the Classification Board is as follows:

Section 8 Plan

Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) provides as follows:

'8 (1) An agency must prepare a plan showing the following:

  • what information the agency proposes to publish for the purposes of the Part
  • how, and to whom, the agency proposes to publish information for the purposes of this Part
  • how the agency otherwise proposes to comply with this Part.'

Information to be Published

The Classification Board (the Board) proposes to publish, for the purposes of this Part, the following information:

  • this Plan
  • details of the structure of the Board's organisation
  • details of the functions of the Board, including its decision making powers and other powers affecting members of the public
  • details of appointments of officers of the Board that are made under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995
  • information in the Board's Annual Report
  • information in documents to which the Board routinely give access in response to requests under Part III of the Act except:
    • personal information about any individual the publishing of which would be unreasonable
    • information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person the publishing of which would be unreasonable;
    • other information of a kind determined by the Information Commissioner the publishing of which would be unreasonable
  • information held by the Board that is routinely provided to the Parliament in response to requests and orders from the Parliament
  • the contact details of an officer who can be contacted about access to information and documents held by the Board, and
  • the Board's 'operational information'—that is, information held by the Board for the purpose of performing or exercising its functions or powers in making decisions or recommendations affecting members of the public or a particular person or entity, or classes of persons or entities (This will comprise: the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995; the National Classification Code; the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games; and the Guidelines for the Classification of Publications).

How, and to whom, the information will be published

How

The above information will be published on the Classification website. In accordance with the requirements of subsection 8D (3) of the Act, the information will be published by:

  • making it available for downloading form the website (where practicable to do so)
  • publishing on the website a link to another website from which the information can be downloaded, or
  • publishing on the website other details of how the information may be obtained—for instance, how reasons for decision can be obtained.

To whom

The above information will be published to members of the public generally and, where the Board considers it appropriate to do so, to particular classes of persons or entities.

How the Board Proposes to Otherwise Comply with the Requirements of Part II of the Act

The Board intends to comply with the other requirements of Part II as follows:

  • An FOI contact officer will be appointed for the Board. This officer will be responsible for publishing (after the agreement of the Director of the Classification Board and in consultation with the FOI and Privacy Section) the above information and documents then ensuring that the information and documents remain accurate and up to date. The FOI contact officer will also be responsible for ensuring that all the other requirements of Part II of the Act are complied with.
  • Officers in the FOI and Privacy Section of the Attorney-General's Department will provide advice on any material to be published, with specific reference to the requirements of Part II, including:
    • advice as to what information and documents should and should not be published; and
    • the circumstances in which charges may be levied and how they should be calculated and published.
  • The contact officers will ensure that all relevant guidelines issued by the Information Commissioner under section 93A of the Act are complied with.
  • In performing a function or exercising a power under Part II of the Act, the Board will also have regard to the objects of the Act as set out in sections 3 and 3A.
  • The Board will cooperate with the regular reviews of the Board's handling of the publication scheme which will be carried out by the Information Commissioner.
  • The Board will ensure that, if some of its 'operational information' in relation to a function or power of the Board has not been published on its website and a person engages in conduct relevant to the performance of the function or exercise of the power and, at the time of engaging in that conduct the person was not aware of the unpublished information, the person will not be subjected to any prejudice by reason only of the application of any rule, guideline or practice in the unpublished information if the person could have avoided that prejudice had he or she been aware of the unpublished information.

Structure and Functions of the Board

Details of appointments of officers of the Board made under Acts

Annual reports prepared by the Board

Details of arrangements for members of the public to comment on specific policy proposals for which the Board is responsible (including how and to whom those comment may be made)

The Classification Board does not develop policy.

Information in documents to which the Board routinely gives access in response to FOI requests made to it

The Board does not routinely or regularly give access to any particular type or class of information.

Information routinely provided by the Board to Parliament in response to requests or orders from the Parliament

The Board does not routinely provide information in response to requests or orders from the Parliament.

The Board's operational information

Contact details of officers who can be contacted about access to the above information or documents

Copies of any of the documents listed above may be obtained by contacting the Classification Board through the enquiry form.