Information Publication Scheme (IPS)

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What is the IPS

The Information Publication Scheme (IPS) is established under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). Under the IPS, agencies are required to:

  • publish an Agency IPS Plan
  • publish specific categories of information (set out below)
  • consider proactively publishing other government information.

More information about the IPS can be found on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website.

Required information

Agency IPS Plan

The department’s IPS Plan sets out how the department meets its IPS obligations.

What we do

Information about what we do and our strategic priorities can be found on the About Us page.

The Administrative Arrangements Order also specifies the subject matters dealt with, and the legislation administered by, the department.

Who we are

Information about our organisation and structure, as well as statutory appointments can be found on the following pages:

Our reports and responses to Parliament

Our information tabled in Parliament, or routinely provided to Parliament includes:

Routinely requested information and FOI disclosure log

The FOI disclosure log lists information that we have released in response to an FOI access request, subject to certain exceptions.

Public reviews and consultations

Details of our policy proposal consultation arrangements can be found on our public reviews and consultations page.

Operational information

Operational information is information we hold to assist us to perform or exercise our functions or powers in making decisions or recommendations affecting members of the public. This includes our plans, policies and guidelines relating to those decisions and recommendations.

Our operational information can be found throughout our website, alongside related subject matter or by using the search function on our website.

Other information

Our priorities

We publish the details of our current and past corporate plans and annual reports.

Our finances

We publish information about our finances, including information relating to our budget, pay and grading structures in the agency, tendering and contracts.

Our lists and datasets

We publish information about our lists and datasets including:

Our submissions

We often make submissions on education issues raised by inquiries of the Senate Standing Committees on Education and Employment which can be found on the inquiries website.

Contact us

You can contact us about access to information or documents under the FOI Act by sending an email to

If you have a question or would like to give feedback on any aspect of the IPS or the information published, you can also contact us online, by email, phone or by mail with the details on our contact us page.