Training and Education


Our comprehensive training and education program has been developed by expert training professionals with over 30 years’ FOI experience running training internationally and with other Australian jurisdictions, including the Commonwealth. Our staff are in attendance at all sessions to offer their expertise and insights, and to assist in answering your questions.

Our face-to-face training is complemented by  online eLearning modules, webinars, and guidance material.

If you have any training and education enquiries, or would like to arrange bespoke training, please email

Training  Description 

Administering the FOI Act 


7 August 2018 – Register

  • Melbourne CBD
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 am

Cost: Free


This all day training for public sector staff provides participants with an overview of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, how to process an access request, and refusals under section 25A.

Core Exemptions


8 August 2018 – Register

12 September 2018 – Register

  • Melbourne CBD
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 am

Cost: Free


This all day training for public sector staff provides participants with an overview of the FOI Act, decision making, and how to interpret and apply the exemptions in sections 30, 33, 34 and 35

Advanced Exemptions 


13 September 2018 – Register

  • Melbourne CBD
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 am

Cost: Free


This all day training for public sector staff assists participants in how to interpret and apply the exemptions in section 28, 31, 31A, 32, 38, and 38A.

Participants are expected to have previously attended our Core Exemptions or Exemption Masterclass training.

Privacy Training 


6 August 2018 – Register

  • Melbourne CBD
  • 9:30 am – 2 pm

Cost: Free


Our half day training ‘Information privacy under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014’ will provide attendees with an overview of the role of OVIC in relation to privacy, the concepts of information privacy and personal information, privacy obligations under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, including the 10 Information Privacy Principles, and data breach management and privacy complaint handling.


FOI Awareness eLearning Module

45 minutes


Learn about the operation of FOI in Victoria and your role in ensuring people can easily access information held by your agency.

Note: this module has not been updated to reflect recent changes to the FOI Act.

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FOI Amendments eLearning Module 

45 Minutes 


Understand the effect of the recent changes made to the FOI system in Victoria by the Freedom of Information Amendment (Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner) Act 2017.

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Fact sheets and guidance material for agencies can be found on our resources page.

Support and information


Our staff are available to assist with any enquiries.

Hotline: 1300 00 6842

Training enquiries:

General enquiries:


A fee of $100.00 will be charged to your agency for non-attendance.


If a cancellation is made within 3 business days of the training date a fee of $100.00 may be charged if a replacement cannot be found or allocated.


OVIC collects your personal information through this registration process in order to register you for this event, contact you where necessary regarding event details, and for reporting purposes. Your email address will also be added to the FOI newsletter mailing list, of which you may unsubscribe at any point. OVIC may use the information collected for the secondary purpose of distributing event content (such as presentation slides) following the event, or collecting feedback.

Trybooking also may collect your personal information which is handled according to their privacy policy available on their website. Please refer to their privacy policy for details on collection, use and disclosure of your information and how to contact them.

If you do not wish to provide your personal information you will be unable to register for this event through Trybooking. You may contact OVIC to book directly, to request access to your personal information, or other concerns regarding the privacy of your personal information at