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
For information regarding the establishment, organisation and function of ASAC see Chapter 1.
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 are reflected in the advice that it offers to the Minister and the Australian Statistician. For membership details see Appendix 1.
Persons or bodies outside the Australian Government administration may participate in the Council’s policy formulation by making representations to the Minister or the Chairperson 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.
Freedom of information 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 8.30 am and 4.30 pm, to the Secretary, Australian Statistics Advisory Council, c/– Australian Bureau of Statistics, Locked Bag 10, Belconnen, ACT 2616 – telephone (02) 6252 5533.