The Freedom of Information Act (1992) (FOI Act) enables the public to participate more effectively in governing the State and makes the persons and bodies that are responsible for State and local government more accountable to the public.
The objects of the FOI Act are achieved by creating a general right of access to State and local government documents; providing means to ensure that personal information held by State and local governments is accurate, complete, up-to-date and not misleading; and requiring that certain documents concerning State and local government operations be made available to the public.
Consistent with the FOI Act, students, staff and members of the public may:
A 'document' is any record however it is stored, including:
The access provisions of the Act do not apply where documents are routinely available to the public, or are available for inspection or purchase.
It is the aim of the University to make information available promptly and at the least possible cost. Whenever possible, documents will be provided outside the FOI process.
ECU's Information Statement provides full details of the fees applicable for some applications. To make an FOI application to ECU, please contact the Freedom of Information Coordinator:
Edith Cowan University
270 Joondalup Drive
JOONDALUP WA 6027
Telephone: (61 8) 6304-2627
Upon receipt of the application the relevant documents will be reviewed and a determination made as quickly as possible (but no later than 45 days after receipt, unless a longer time is agreed with the applicant).
Applicants who wish to apply to amend personal information held by ECU must lodge the request with the FOI Coordinator. The request must indicate how the information is to be amended (alteration, deletion, inserting information or adding a note in relation to the information).
The decision in the case of an application for access to documents may be:
Where information about individuals other than the applicant is contained in a document the FOI decision-maker will consult with those third parties in reaching a decision. There is no requirement to consult where such personal information is to be exempted.
The FOI decision-maker will provide reasons as part of the decision in relation to an application, making reference to the relevant provisions of the Act, and describing reasons that full or edited access is to be provided, or access refused. If an amendment to personal information is requested but a change is not made, reasons for the decision will be provided.
Applicants who are dissatisfied with the notice of decision are able to seek an internal review, which must be made within 30 days of receiving the notice of decision. Where an applicant is not satisfied after an internal review, they may seek an external review through the Office of the Information Commissioner.
To enquire about the operation of FOI, please contact:
Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
Telephone: (61 8) 6304-2627
For further information about the operation of FOI in the University, please refer to ECU's Information Statement.
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