Freedom of Information
Information Publication Scheme (IPS)
IPS information available on the website can be accessed under through the following links:
You may make a request to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 by writing to the following address:
or by emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further advice on making FOI requests may be obtained by calling 03 8600 4470
View the Freedom of Information (FOI) Reform on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet web site.
The Federal Circuit Court is an independent federal court established to handle less complex matters in the areas of family law and general federal law.
The Federal Circuit Court is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) in relation to administrative matters and is required in that regard to comply with the Information Publication Scheme (IPS) requirements. This plan describes how the Court proposes to do this, as required by the FOI Act.
This plan describes how the Court proposes to implement and administer the IPS in respect of its own information holdings, by addressing:
The purpose of this plan is to:
Note: in this plan, information to be published by the Federal Circuit Court under the IPS is referred to as the IPS information holdings, or as the IPS documents when referring to individual documents.
The Federal Circuit Court’s objectives are to develop appropriate mechanisms and procedures to:
Establishing and administering the Family Court’s IPS contribution
The Family Court of Australia provides administrative services to the Federal Circuit Court. The Chief Information Officer of the Family Court is the senior officer responsible for leading the Courts’ compliance with the IPS.
Establishing the Federal Circuit Court’s IPS contribution
The Family Court’s Chief Information Officer is supported by the Family Court’s IPS Project Team to establish the Federal Circuit Court’s contribution to the IPS.
That IPS Project Team comprises:
(b) Administering information published under the IPS from 1 May 2011
The Federal Circuit Court will develop an information management framework which will apply to Court information published under the IPS.
The Federal Circuit Court will engage with the community about the Court’s contribution to the IPS. This includes:
The Court will also arrange for any Federal Circuit Court IPS documents which are not available on the website, to be made available where possible upon request.
The Court may charge a person for accessing any IPS document which it is impracticable to publish online. If these circumstances apply, it will be at the lowest reasonable cost with consideration given to reimbursement of specific reproduction costs or other specific incidental costs (s8D(4)).
IPS information publication and information architecture
The IPS information holdings that are available on the Federal Circuit Court website will be accessible through links under the following headings:
To ensure that the IPS information holdings (and individual IPS documents) are, to the greatest extent possible, easily discoverable, understandable and machine-readable, the Court will:
Accessibility to information published under the IPS
Approach to accessibility by commencement of the IPS
The Court will ensure that optional information published on its website conforms, as soon as practicably possible, with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (Version 2) (WCAG 2.0).
Approach to accessibility after commencement of the IPS
From commencement of the IPS, the Court will publish any new IPS documents as soon as they are available for publication.
The Court will ensure that all information newly published on the Federal Circuit Court website conforms as soon as practicably possible with the WCAG 2.0.
IPS compliance review
The Court will review the IPS Plan annually, and the operation of its IPS from time to time and at least every three years, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Information Commissioner about IPS compliance review (better practice guidance material to assist agencies to comply with the IPS – to be published in the Information Commissioner’s regulatory capacity).
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