Appendix 4 - Freedom of Information Statement
Below is a statement, as required by section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, about the structure of ASAC and how members of the public can obtain access to information held by it.
Establishment, organisation and functions
See The Operation of Council.
As an advisory body, ASAC has no decision-making or other powers directly affecting members of the public. It does not administer any enactments or schemes.
Arrangements for outside participation
ASAC members are appointed by the Minister responsible for the ABS so that a broad range of views and interests is reflected in the advice that it offers to the Minister and the Statistician (See Membership details). Persons or bodies outside the Commonwealth administration may participate in the Council's policy formulation by making representations to the Minister or the Chairman on matters of concern to them.
Categories of documents
The ASAC Annual Report, which is tabled in Parliament, is available from all ABS offices. Files are maintained which contain documents relating to the administration of the Council, papers discussed at Council meetings, summary records of proceedings of meetings and correspondence relating to the activities of the Council.
FOI procedures and initial contact points
All inquiries concerning access to documents, including inquiries under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may be directed on weekdays, between 8.30am and 4.30pm, to the Secretary, Australian Statistics Advisory Council, c\- Australian Bureau of Statistics, Cameron Offices, Belconnen, ACT 2617 - telephone (02) 6252 5533.