Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2010

Type
Government
Portfolio
Cabinet Secretary 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Status
Act 
Parliament no
42
Summary
Introduced with the Australian Information Commissioner Bill 2010, the bill amends: the
Freedom of Information Act 1982
  to: establish a statutory framework for an information publication scheme for certain Commonwealth agencies; remove fees for applications under the Act; enable the Australian Information Commissioner to extend time periods for processing requests in certain cases; provide for consultation processes when responding to onerous requests; provide that documents held by certain contracted service providers are subject to the Act; and limit access to certain intelligence agency information and documents of the Department of Defence; the
Archives Act 1983
  to reduce open access periods for certain Commonwealth records; the
Archives Act 1983
,
Freedom of Information Act 1982
  and
Privacy Act 1988
  to: amend exemption provisions; and provide for a public interest test; the
Freedom of Information Act 1982
  and
Ombudsman Act 1976
  to provide that the Australian Information Commissioner has: a merits review and an investigatory function; and the power to declare a person to be a vexatious applicant; and 17 Acts consequent on the establishment of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Also makes consequential and transitional amendments. 

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Progress

House of Representatives
26 Nov 2009Introduced and read a first time
26 Nov 2009Second reading moved
11 May 2010Second reading debate
12 May 2010Second reading debate
12 May 2010Second reading agreed to
12 May 2010Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 20 government amendments agreed to
12 May 2010Third reading agreed to
Senate
13 May 2010Introduced and read a first time
13 May 2010Second reading moved
13 May 2010Second reading debate
13 May 2010Second reading agreed to
13 May 2010Committee of the Whole debate
13 May 2010Third reading agreed to


13 May 2010Text of bill as passed both Houses
31 May 2010Assent

Act no.: 51

Year: 2010

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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