Information Publication Scheme

​An Information Publication Scheme (IPS) has been established under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). It requires agencies to publish a broad range of information on their websites including an agency plan, information about their organisations and operations, and information accessed in response to FOI applications in a disclosure log. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011. It will give the community greater access to information held by the Australian Government.

Information is grouped and accessible through the following classes:

Agency plan

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources agency plan outlines how the department is implementing the Australian Government's IPS. The department welcomes comment on its agency plan.

The agency plan is currently under review. We welcome your feedback via the Freedom of Information Feedback form on how it can be improved.

Who we are

Includes information about our organisation and its structure, governance arrangements, ministers, senior management team, Enterprise Agreement and appointments.

The department publishes statutory and non-statutory appointments information on the AusGovBoards website. Details of statutory appointments of agency officers, including the name of the person appointed, position to which the person is appointed, length or term of appointment and the Act under which the person is appointed are provided. The department also publishes responses to the Senate Order of June 2008 about departmental and agency appointments. The lists are tabled in the Senate three times a year.

What we do

Information includes the department's functions and decision making powers and other powers affecting members of the public. It also includes:

Our reports and responses to Parliament

Information includes the full text of the department's recent annual reports, Portfolio Budget Statements, and other reports tabled in Parliament.

Routinely requested information and disclosure log

This includes details of non-personal information the department has released under the FOI Act that can reasonably be released to the wider public. Information in documents to which the department routinely gives access in response to FOI requests will be clearly identified in the disclosure log.


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

Our priorities

Includes information on what our priorities are and how we are doing.

Our finances

Includes information about what we spend and how we spend it, including financial statements, grants we administer, and financial information relating to pay and grading structures, procurement procedures, tendering and contracts.

Our lists

Information includes agency contracts and grants.

Contact us

You can contact the FOI Officers in relation to any aspect of FOI, including our IPS entry. Complaints, compliments or suggestions can be sent by phone, feedback form or post.

  • Switchboard
    +61 2 6272 3933

  • Feedback form
    Freedom of Information

  • Post
    Australian Government Department of Agriculture 
    GPO Box 858
    Canberra ACT 2601

How to access the information

Where this information is available online, you can access the information by:

  • Browsing the classes of information shown above
  • Searching for the information using this site's search engine.

Where the information is not available online, you can request the information by contacting the FOI Officers in writing.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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