FoI in Australia: Victoria government removes application fee

The Victorian government has announced reforms to its freedom of information laws, including removing the $22 application fee to lodge applications.

They will introduce the changes into Parliament this week. Premier John Brumby said the application fee would be abolished, however government departments would be given an extra 30 days to process applications.

"Victoria has one of the most accessible FoI schemes in the country, with 97 per cent of requests being granted either in part or full," Mr Brumby said. Plans to abolish so-called "conclusive certificates" were also announced, however Mr Brumby was unable to identify an occasion on which they had been used to halt an FoI application in Victoria.

Government removes fee for Freedom of Information applications (Herald Sun, Australia, 20 November 2007)