Information Publication Scheme

Information Publication Scheme

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act). However, in accordance with s 8C(2) of the FOI Act and s 51 of the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 (Cth) (‘the ACC Act’), our agency is not required to publish any information under the FOI Act otherwise than as permitted or required by the ACC Act.

We recognise that public sector information is a national resource managed for public purposes. To the extent permitted by the ACC Act, our agency promotes a culture of appropriate proactive disclosure similar to that required by the Information Publication Scheme (IPS).

The ACC Act prescribes the circumstances where certain Australian criminal intelligence information can be disclosed. To this end, our agency discloses information to others, including law enforcement agencies and agencies that are prescribed in the Australian Crime Commission Regulations 2002. However, much of this information cannot be lawfully disclosed to the public.

The ACIC is required to publish an Information Publication Scheme agency plan that explains how we intend to implement the IPS.

Statutory appointments

Position and the provision of the Act of statutory appointment


Term of appointment

Chief Executive Officer under s 37 Australian Crime Commission Act 2002

Michael Phelan APM

13 November 2017 – 12 November 2022

Full-time appointment under s 46B(1) Australian Crime Commission Act 2002

David Lusty

16 January 2017 – 15 January 2022

Part-time appointments under s 46B(1) Australian Crime Commission Act 2002

Jeffrey Anderson

24 May 2017 – 23 May 2022

Tim Sage

19 January 2016 – 18 January 2021

Section 51 of the ACC Act limits the publication of ACIC information. In addition, the nature of our agency’s function mean much of our operational information would, if published, prejudice law enforcement activities.

However, from time-to-time, we may prepare information of a general nature that explains how we exercises our agency's functions and powers in making decisions or recommendations that affect members of the public. We will publish this information on our website.

If you wish to provide feedback on our agency’s Information Publication Scheme, please contact the FOI Coordinator:

By post

FOI Coordinator

GPO Box 1936

Canberra ACT 2601

By email