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Information Publication Plan

Introduction

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is an agency subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). As such, ASADA is required to comply with the requirements of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS), under which ASADA must publish:

  • this Information Publication Plan (agency plan) which outlines how ASADA proposes to meet the IPS requirements, and
  • certain types of information specified in the FOI Act.

This agency plan describes:

  • the information required to be published,
  • the other information ASADA will publish (optional information),
  • ASADA's approach to making information accessible, and
  • how ASADA will review this agency plan and the operation of the IPS.

Recognising public sector information is a national resource managed for public purposes, ASADA will continue to build and foster a culture of appropriate proactive disclosure of information, including through implementation of the IPS.

ASADA’s ongoing compliance with the IPS will be coordinated by the General Manager, Anti-Doping Programs and Legal Services, and the Chief Operating Officer of ASADA.

Each Section of ASADA will be responsible as required, for day to day tasks associated with complying with the IPS. Legal Services and Results Management Team will be responsible for implementing, reviewing and revising the agency plan. Each Section will manage ongoing administration of the IPS information holdings.

The Legal Services and Results Management Team will engage with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and consult with other Australian Government agencies with a view to adopting best practice in the administration of the IPS over time. ASADA will also invite members of the public to contact the FOI Contact Officer via ASADA's website with comments on the IPS information holdings, particularly where documents are found not to be discoverable, understandable or machine-readable, and publish a feedback form on the IPS section of ASADA's website inviting users’ comments.

The Legal Services and Results Management Branch will arrange for ASADA's IPS documents, which are not available on ASADA’s website, to be made available upon request.

ASADA may charge a person for accessing any IPS document which is impracticable to publish online:

  • at the lowest reasonable cost, and
  • to reimburse specific reproduction costs or other specific incidental costs (s 8D(4)).

How ASADA will structure IPS information on its website

The IPS information holdings that are available on ASADA’s website will be published under the following headings:

  • ASADA’s plan (ss 8(2)(a).
  • Who we are (ss 8(2)(b) and 8(2)(d)).
  • What we do (ss 8(2)(c) and 8(2)(j)).
  • Our reports and responses to Parliament (ss 8(2)(e) and 8(2)(h)).
  • Routinely requested information and disclosure log (ss 8(2)(g) and 11C).
  • Consultation arrangements (s 8(2)(f)).
  • Our priorities (s 8(4)).
  • Our finances (s 8(4)).
  • Our lists (s 8(4)).
  • Our Policies.
  • Speeches.
  • Contact us (s 8(2)(i)).

Information required to be published under the IPS

ASADA will provide access to documents required to be published under the IPS (s 8(2) of the FOI Act) under the following headings in the IPS section of its website: Agency Plan

Who we are

This will include an organisation chart, ASADA's Collective Employment Agreement and information about statutory appointments.

For statutory appointees, ASADA will publish the name of the person appointed, the length or term of appointment, the position to which the person is appointed (and particulars of the position) and the provision of the Act under which the person is appointed.

 

What we do

This will include information about ASADA’s roles and priorities in delivering the Australian Government’s sports anti-doping framework. It will contain an outline of ASADA’s decision-making and other functions and powers and any rules, guidelines, practices and precedents relating to the exercise of those functions and powers.

 

Our reports and responses to parliament

This will include the full text of ASADA’s annual reports tabled in Parliament and other reports, such as ASADA’s current annual regulatory plan.

 

Routinely requested information

This will include information identified by ASADA as:
• information routinely provided to Parliament in response to requests and orders from Parliament; and
• information in documents to which ASADA routinely gives access in response to FOI requests. ASADA will include a link to this part of the IPS section of its website in its disclosure log, published under s 11C of the FOI Act (which requires agencies to publish information contained in documents to which the agency has provided access under the FOI Act).

 

Consultation

Consultation will include information about how and to whom a comment may be submitted by members of the public, where ASADA undertakes public consultation on a specific policy proposal.

 

Contact Us

This will include the telephone number and an email address for the FOI Contact Officer, who can be contacted about access to ASADA’s information or documents under the FOI Act. A generic email address and phone number have been established for this purpose, which will not change with staff movements.

 

Optional information to be published under the IPS

ASADA will provide access on the IPS section of its website to other information that it holds (in addition to the information published under s 8(2)), taking into account the objects of the FOI Act (s 8(4)), under the following headings in the IPS section of its website:

 

Our priorities

This will include corporate plans, assessments and reviews.

 

Our finances

This will include ASADA’s budget and financial information procurement procedures, tendering and contracts. Our lists This will include agency contracts, grants and appointments.

 

Our policies

This will include ASADA’s main policies. In addition, in the IPS section ASADA will publish a link to other publications not covered by these headings, including fact sheets, speeches and guidelines.

Accessibility under the IPS

ASADA will be implementing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (Version 2) (WCAG 2.0) so that its website meets the lowest level of conformance. ASADA will endeavour to make documents available in an accessible format when a request is made to the FOI Contact Officer.

Review of this plan

ASADA will review this agency plan at least annually.

ASADA will review the operation of its IPS from time to time and at least every five years, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Australian Information Commissioner from time to time.