The Essential Guide to Freedom of Information
The ability to access information held by public authorities has become an important right within any open and democratic society.
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act provides a structure to the way information can be accessed and disclosed in the public domain. Public authorities are mandated to adhere to the FOI Act, publish relevant information correctly and deal with requests for information within as outlined by, and within the spirit of, the Act.
This highly interactive course effectively demonstrates the provisions of the FOI act using engaging case studies throughout. The processes and procedures involved with publishing information and requests for information are explained and discussed in-depth, with many examples and detailed scenarios being used to provide context and maintain interest along the way.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Recognise when and where the main provisions of the Freedom of Information Act apply
- Understand the types of information that will be shared in an organisation's publication scheme
- Make or handle requests for information in an appropriate way
- Understand the rights of individuals under the Act and the consequences of not complying with the legislation
Topics explored in this course:
- Main provisions for the Freedom of Information Act
- Types of information covered under the Act
- Public authority duties
- Publishing information
- Dealing with requests for information
- Providing information and refusing a request
Audience: Employees at public authorities and other organisations working with information that falls under the Freedom of Information Act
Course duration: 45 minutes