Freedom Of Information
Release date: Sat 1 July 2017
Last updated: Mon 24 July 2017
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives members of the community a legally enforceable right to information held by the government. Victoria Police supports this right by:
For the benefit of Victorian citizens, Victoria Police releases a large amount of information through online and print publishing as well as person-to-person service provision.
The Freedom of Information Part II Information Statements show how Victoria Police is making information readily available to the public, reducing the need for members of the public to submit requests under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
How to make a request
You may make a request by sending a letter or application form requesting access to documents together with a cheque or money order for the FOI application fee $28.40.
Please note that this office does not have a customer service counter and accordingly any contact must be made via telephone or in writing.
What happens to your request?
Once Victoria Police has received your FOI request and the FOI Application Fee, Victoria Police must respond to you in writing as soon as practicable but not later than 45 days outlining its decision on your request.
If Victoria Police refuses you access to the documents sought, you can appeal to the Freedom of Information Commissioner for a review of the decision. You must do so within 28 days of the date the decision was sent to you. The FOI Commissioner has 30 days to conduct its review, unless the applicant agrees to an extended period in writing. The lodgement of a request for a review is not subject to any fees or costs. For further information see www.foicommissioner.vic.gov.au
Need more information?
Further information regarding Freedom of Information can be obtained from can be obtained from the Freedom of Information Commissioner website at www.foicommissioner.vic.gov.au or the Freedom of Information Online website at www.foi.vic.gov.au