The PSR Agency is an independent statutory agency subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and is required to comply with the Information Publication Scheme (IPS) requirements. This agency plan describes how PSR proposes to do this, as required by section 8(1) of the FOI Act.
PSR is established under Part VAA of the Health Insurance Act 1973 which sets out the role and powers of the agency, as well as the process that it must follow when conducting its work.
Through the performance of its statutory role, PSR protects patients and the community from the risks associated with inappropriate practice, and protects the Commonwealth from having to meet the cost of medical / health services provided as a result of inappropriate practice.
This agency plan describes how PSR proposes to implement and administer its IPS, by addressing:
- administration of the PSR IPS
- information architecture
- publication of required and other information
- IPS review
The purpose of this agency plan is to:
- assist PSR in planning and developing its IPS
- show what information the agency proposes to publish, how and to whom the information will be published and how PSR will otherwise comply with the IPS requirements (section 8(1)).
PSR's objectives are to outline appropriate mechanisms and procedures to:
- manage our IPS entry, including identifying and publishing all information required to be published (section 8(2)) and identifying additional information that can appropriately be published as 'other information'
- regularly review content to ensure that information published as part of the IPS is accurate, current and complete (section 8B)
- ensure that information published is easily discoverable, understandable, machine-readable, re-useable and transformable
- ensure that online content conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 AA)
- develop a mechanism and procedures to measure the success of the PSR IPS.
Administration of the PSR IPS
The Executive Officer of PSR has oversight of the agency's IPS, to ensure that it is implemented, maintained and compliant with FOI Act requirements.
PSR will be as proactive as possible in publishing both required and optional information. In order to comply with the reforms, PSR will initially publish all mandated information. PSR's objective is to publish all possible information in the interests of full disclosure of the documents used by the agency in its functions and decision-making.
In line with the guidelines published by the Office Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), PSR will regularly update and maintain the information framework and be prepared for the OAIC's audit in the 5-year review period.
IPS information architecture and content
PSR will publish documents required to be published under the IPS (section 8(2)) in the IPS section of the website (www.psr.gov.au). The following section outlines the headings that the PSR IPS content will be published under and also provides some detail regarding content.
To ensure that our IPS entry (and individual IPS documents) is easily discoverable, understandable and machine-readable, PSR has:
- placed an IPS link on the homepage of its website
- designed and published an IPS entry point on its website
- put in place a plan to apply appropriate metadata to online content (AGLS Metadata Standard AS 5044-2010)[s1] as soon as reasonably practicable
- wherever possible, provided online content in a format that can be searched, copied and transformed
- updated the sitemap on its website, to help individuals identify the location of information published under sections 8(2) and 8(4)
- a search function for its website
- undertaken work to ensure that the website achieves WCAG 2.0 compliance within the required timeframes.
PSR will, so far as possible, make its IPS information holdings available for reuse on open licensing terms.
Agency plan (s 8(2)(a)
Who we are (ss8(2)(b) and 8(2)(d))
- This will include links to an organisation chart, the Agency Employment Agreement and information about statutory appointments.
- For statutory appointees, PSR will publish the name of the person appointed, the length or term of appointment, the position to which the person is appointed (and particulars of the position) and the provision of the Act under which the person is appointed.
What we do (ss 8(2)(c) and 8(2)(j))
- This will outline the functions and decision making powers of the Director, Committees and the Determining Authority.
- PSR will also publish any rules, guidelines, practices and precedents relating to these functions and powers.
Our reports and responses to Parliament (ss 8(2)(e) and 8(2)(h))
- This will include recent annual reports tabled in Parliament.
Routinely requested information and disclosure log (ss 8(2)(g) and 11C)
- This will include information in documents to which PSR routinely gives access in response to FOI requests and information published under s 11C of the FOI Act.
Consultation arrangements (s 8(2)(f))
- This will include information about how and to whom a comment may be submitted by members of the public, where the PSR undertakes public consultation on a specific matter.
Contact us (s 8(2)(i))
- This will include telephone and email details for a contact officer who can be contacted about access to PSR information or documents under the FOI Act.
PSR will publish on the IPS section of its website other information that we hold (in addition to the information published under s 8(2)), taking into account the objects of the FOI Act (s 8(4)).
PSR will publish as much information as possible to comply with the FOI Act and in the interests of full disclosure.
Our priorities (s 8(4))
- This will include corporate and strategic plans, assessments and reviews.
Our finances (s 8(4))
- This will include financial information relating to pay and grading structures, procurement procedures, tendering and contracts.
Our lists (s 8(4))
- This will include agency appointments.
Our submissions (s 8(4))
- This will include submissions made by PSR to Parliamentary committees, the Productivity Commissioner, the Australian Law Reform Commission and other agencies.
Our policies (s 8(4))
- This will include relevant PSR corporate policies.
In addition, in the IPS section PSR will publish a link to other publications not covered by these headings, including articles, case law and guides.
PSR will ensure that all information is accurate and current at the time of publication. PSR will review our IPS on a regular basis in order to maintain an accurate register of information.
PSR's objective is to ensure transparency and openness with the public in its decision-making processes. PSR will ensure that comments made by the public, in relation to this Agency Plan will be taken into account and the plan amended as appropriate.
Feedback on PSR's IPS Agency Plan can be forwarded to:
PO Box 74
(02) 6120 9100 (within Australia)