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Information Publication Scheme Plan

The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA) has prepared this Information Publication Scheme Plan (the IPS Plan) in accordance with section 8(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act). IHACPA is required to publish this IPS Plan in accordance with section 8(2) of the Act.

Purpose

IHACPA is required to publish a range of information as part of the Information Publication Scheme (the Scheme) which came into effect on 1 May 2011 as part of major amendments to the Act. The Scheme is intended to form the basis for a more open and transparent culture across government with agencies encouraged to take a proactive approach to publishing the information they hold, and to consider what they should be publishing over and above what they are obliged to publish.

The primary purpose of the IPS Plan is to show how IHACPA proposes to implement the Scheme. The IPS Plan will help IHACPA to put appropriate procedures in place to proactively disclose its information holdings, in accordance with the objects of the Act. IHACPA must publish a range of information including information about what it does and the way it does it.

Objectives

IHACPA’s objectives in relation to this Plan are to outline appropriate mechanisms and procedures to:

  • manage IHACPA’s information holdings relevant to the Scheme;
  • proactively identify and publish all information required to be published, including this IPS Plan (in accordance with section 8(2));
  • review and ensure on a regular basis that information published by IHACPA under the Scheme is accurate, up-to-date and complete (in accordance with section 8B);
  • ensure that information published under the Scheme is able to be discovered by the general public, is understandable and re-useable and is accessible to a wide range of people, including people with disabilities; and
  • assess the effectiveness of IHACPA’s implementation of the Scheme.

Review

IHACPA must, in conjunction with the Information Commissioner, review the operation of the Scheme every 5 years.

Information to be published

IHACPA’s objective is to publish as much information as possible, consistent with the objectives of the FOI Act. Our publication practices must, however, be balanced against IHACPA’s obligation to respect and maintain confidential information, commercially valuable information and personal information.

IHACPA may deal with confidential information. This type of information will only be published when the public interest test applies or consent is provided by the owner of the information. This provides assurance to our stakeholders and to the public that confidential or personal information held by IHACPA will only be published when it is appropriate to do so.

IHACPA will ensure documents published can be found easily and are searchable. IHACPA’s website will contain a list of any Scheme documents that are impracticable to publish online. The website will state that a person seeking access to any of these documents may contact the FOI Officer to arrange access.

IHACPA encourages people to print copies of required documents, if they are available on the website, rather than asking IHACPA to do so. IHACPA may impose a charge when we are asked to print a large number of documents. This is consistent with charges in the Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 1982, which generally apply to access requests, under Part III of the FOI Act.

IHACPA will publish the following information on its website in accordance with section 8(2) of the Act.

IHACPA must ensure that the published information is accurate, up-to-date and complete.

Other information to be published

IHACPA may publish other information that it holds (in addition to the information published under section 8(2).

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