The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) makes information available to the public on this website and in print materials.
We provide information this way to reduce the need for members of the public to submit FOI requests.
The following statements are a statutory requirement under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
This section outlines the role of the VPSC in providing services, functions, reports and outputs and demonstrates how the VPSC provides this information.
This section provides a snapshot of the types and locations of documents held by VPSC. It does not include all VPSC documents.
For more information about freedom of information, visit the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner’s website.
- Organisations and functions
- Categories of documents
- Freedom of information arrangements
- Rules, policies and procedures
- Report literature
The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) was established on 1 April 2014 under the Public Administration Act 2004. The VPSC is headed by a single Commissioner and has a range of legislated functions to achieve its objectives.
Our objectives are to:
- strengthen the efficiency, effectiveness and capability of the public sector in order to meet existing and emerging needs and deliver high quality services; and
- maintain and advocate for public sector professionalism and integrity.
The VPSC is a portfolio agency of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and is overseen by the Special Minister of State.
- Act relevant to the VPSC: see the Public Administration Act page, our Legislative framework page, Section 4 titled “other disclosures” in the 2017-18 Annual Report (pp 35-40) and the general orders page
- Governance and structure of the VPSC: see the About the VPSC page and Section 2 titled “governance and organisational structure” in the 2017-18 Annual Report (pp 22-25)
- Strategic priorities: see the Strategic plan to 2020 page
The VPSC creates a large number of documents and records in the course of its work. The VPSC uses an electronic document and records management system to classify, store, access and manage a broad range of electronic and hard copy documents.
The types of documents that the department handles include:
- policy, procedures and standards
- briefings and reports
- meeting records
- financial records
- audio-visual material.
The VPSC maintains a holding of unpublished documents, organised according to the VPSC’s Business Classification Scheme. Most documents published by the VPSC are available on this website. The navigation menu (opened by clicking on the ‘Browse Site’ button on the home page) shows the structure by which new content and publications are organised on this site. Content can also be found using the search function to find a specific topic or by using the contact us link.
Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, members of the public have the right to request information and access documents about their personal affairs and the activities of VPSC. For more information on how VPSC is complying with freedom of information obligations, see Section 4 titled “other disclosures” in the 2017-18 Annual Report (pp 35-38).
How to make an FOI request to the VPSC
A request to access documents must be made in writing to the FOI officer. Requests for documents in the possession of VPSC should be addressed to:
Freedom of Information Officer
Victorian Public Sector Commission
GPO Box 4912
Melbourne VIC 3001
You can also lodge an online freedom of information request via the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner.
Enter Department of Premier and Cabinet as the organisation when you submit an electronic request.
The cost of an FOI request is $29.60. You need to include a cheque for payment if you submit via post.
Access charges may apply once documents have been processed and an access decision has been made. An example of the types of charges which may apply include costs associated with photocopying, and search and retrieval of documents. Further information can be found at www.ovic.vic.gov.au.
Some of our publications include:
- State of the Public Sector in Victoria Report
- Codes of conduct
- Barring Djinang: Aboriginal employment strategy
- Getting to work: disability employment action plan
- VPSC strategic plan
- VPSC annual report
Information specified by the standing directions of the Assistant Treasurer listed in the annual report is made available on request to relevant ministers, members of Parliament and the public (subject to freedom of information requirements, if applicable).
Requests should be directed to:
Victorian Public Sector Commission
3 Treasury Place
Melbourne VIC 3002
Rules, policies and procedures are in place to govern the daily operations of the VPSC. Types of information include:
- manuals of procedure
- interpretations of governing statutes
- statements of policies and documents concerning methods of enforcing acts or schemes.
For information about Acts administered by/relevant to the VPSC, see our Legislative framework page, Section 4 titled “other disclosures” in the 2017-18 Annual Report (pp 35-40) and the general orders page.
For information on our protected disclosure policy – see the Protected disclosures procedures page.
For information on our gifts, benefits and hospitality policy – see the gifts, benefits and hospitality policy page.
Here are some of the final reports and records of decisions relating to policy published by the VPSC. If you can’t find information on a specific topic, contact us.