Freedom of information

You have the right by law to request documents from us.

The law is the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

You can request:

  • documents about our activities
  • documents about your personal affairs
  • that we amend or remove information about you that is incorrect or misleading.

Our Freedom of Information Officer makes decisions about access to documents.

They will inform you of their decision in no longer than 30 days from the date they receive your request.

How to make a request

You can make a request yourself, or authorise another person to make a request for you.

If you want someone to make a request for you about your personal information, you must give them your written permission.

To make a request:

  • post or email your request to us
  • clearly describe the documents you are requesting access to. If the documents are about your personal information, you must give us evidence of your identity, for example, a copy of your drivers licence
  • include the application fee or evidence that you qualify to have the fee waived.

The application fee between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020 is $29.62. This fee changes every year.

Exemptions

Some documents are exempt from release under the FOI Act.

This means:

  • we may not be able to give you access to them
  • we may only be able to give you access to part of them.

We will respond to you in writing if the documents you requested are exempt or partially exempt. We will also explain our reasons and how you can have the decision reviewed.

How to correct personal information

To ask us to change personal information in a VEC document, you must do so in writing. You need to include:

  • your contact address and telephone number
  • the changes that you would like us to make
  • why you believe the information should be changed.

Contact

To make a request, write to:

Freedom of Information Officer

Victorian Electoral Commission

Level 11, 530 Collins Street

Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Telephone: (03) 8620 1100

Email: foi@vec.vic.gov.au

Information we keep (FOI Act Part II statements)

The FOI Act requires us to publish a range of information about:

  • our functions and procedures
  • the types of documents we keep
  • reports and publications
  • FOI arrangements.

 

Part II statements

  • Statement 1 - organisation and functions

    The VEC began operation in 1996.

    • General information about the VEC, including our functions and strategic plan, can be found in About us
    • Information about the laws governing the VEC can be found in Legislation
    • The VEC organisational structure is available in the latest annual report
    • Contact details can be found in Contact us
  • Statement 2 - categories of documents

    Document types

    In the course of meeting our legislative obligations the VEC creates and receives a range of documents, including:

    • those required to conduct election events and engage people entitled to vote, including a register of electors
    • those required to conduct representation and subdivision reviews
    • those required to provide education services
    • position and research papers including surveys.

    The VEC releases information through online and print channels, in different formats and languages to assist in making it available to the public.

    The VEC also creates and receives a range of documents as a government agency, including:

    • Contracts
    • Financial records
    • Risk
    • Audit
    • Information management
    • Information technology
    • Human resource information
    • Policies and procedures
    • Training material
    • Complaints
    • Strategic planning and reporting.

    This list is indicative only.

    Document categories

    Our documents are organised by:

    • Election event
    • Review
    • Educational campaign
    • Research initiative
    • Corporate business function.

    This list is indicative only.

  • Statement 3 - freedom of information arrangements
    Under the FOI Act, members of the public have the right to request information and access to documents about their personal affairs and in certain cases, VEC activities. The VEC attempts to respond to all FOI requests in a timely manner, outside of the FOI process, reducing an applicant’s costs and effort.
  • Statement 4 - publications
    VEC publications can be found in our Publications page
  • Statement 5 - rules, policies and procedures

    The functions of the VEC are defined by several pieces of legislation. These can be found in Legislation

    Other policies include:

    Other internal policies about public facing activities can be found elsewhere on this website.

  • Statement 6 - report literature

    Publicly available reports can be found in Publications

    Documents not available on our website can be requested from:

    Freedom of Information Officer
    Victorian Electoral Commission
    Level 11, 530 Collins Street
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000

    Telephone: 131 832
    Email: foi@vec.vic.gov.au