Information Publication Scheme

Information Publication Scheme

Part 2 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI ACT) establishes an Information Publication Scheme (IPS) for Australian Government Agencies subject to the FOI Act. The IPS promotes an open and transparent culture across government. DHA continues to build a pro-disclosure culture by publishing a broad range of information available to the community, including its Agency Plan which explains how the IPS is administered.

Information on our website

The FOI Act requires us to publish certain information about our organisation on our website.

Who we are

Under sections 8(2)(b) and 8(2)(d) of the FOI Act[BL1] , we are required to publish information about the organisation and structure of the agency. The information is available on the following pages:

What we do

Under sections 8(2)(c) and 8(2)(j) of the FOI Act, we are required to publish a description of the functions and powers of the agency and operational information (the rules, guidelines, practices and precedents relating to our functions and powers[BL2] ). This information is available on the following pages:

Our reports and responses to Parliament

Under sections 8(2)(e) and 8(2)(h) of the FOI Act, we are required to publish Annual Reports laid before the Parliament, and other information routinely provided to the Parliament.

Routinely requested information and disclosure log

Under sections 8(2)(g) and 11C of the FOI Act, we are required to publish information to which the agency routinely gives access in response to FOI requests and the disclosure log of information that has been released under the FOI Act.

The Freedom of Information disclosure log lists documents the agency has previously released through FOI requests.

Our Freedom of information page provides further information about how to make a request to the Agency for access to documents under the FOI Act.


Under section 8(2)(f) of the FOI Act, we are required to publish information about consultation arrangements that enable members of the public to comment on specific policy proposals for which we are responsible.

Contact us

You can contact us about access to agency information or documents requested under the FOI Act by contacting the Freedom of Information Officer via email or contact us.

IPS compliance review

In accordance with section 9(1) of the FOI Act, we will review the operation of the IPS as appropriate from time to time, and at least every five years, and update our agency plan as required.

Online information, in all formats, is regularly reviewed for currency and accuracy. Outdated information is replaced and archived.

For any enquiries, including feedback about our IPS entry, contact our Freedom of Information Officer via email