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The Freedom of Information Unit's role is to facilitate preparation of public authorities to comply with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Law. This page contains links to guidance and resources for people working in public authorities.

Presentation on FOI Government Wide Implementation Plan
28th September 2007

Public Authorities Preparation

These downloadable documents give a baseline assessment to be used by public authorities to assess their starting point and needs to meet the requirements of the FOI Model Action Plan.

Baseline Assessment
Checklist of minimum requirements to prepare for FOI

Model Action Plan

This document was designed to highlight critical action points, and for public authorities to adapt for their use. It contains explanatory notes and dates of main deadlines.

Model Action Plan

Designation of Information Managers

The Freedom of Information Law requires the creation of a new role within each public authority of Information Manager. Where possible these should be appointed from within the organisation.

The Information Manager:

  • Receives, coordinates, analyses and assesses applications for access; communicates with and assists applicants
  • Conducts research and analysis, compiles statistics and reports on FOI and records management activities
  • Ensures compliance with the FOI Law: consistent decision-making processes; processing times, adequacy of searches
  • Receives complaints relating to information disclosure
  • Prepares for appeals before the Information Commissioner
  • Promotes awareness of FOI and records management to all staff
  • Prepares and conducts training sessions for entity staff
Download a generic job description of an Information Manager

Freedom of Information Task List

This is a list of activities based on the FOI Law and Record Management needs that must be allocated internally.

Task List for Fulfilling a Request for Information

Resources for proactive disclosure

Public authorities are required to proactively publish information under the FOI Law. This page contains a downloadable format for creation of publication schemes:

E-publication Scheme Template
E-publication Scheme Guidance

Last Updated: 2008-11-20