Monash University is a prescribed authority (or "agency") under the Victorian Freedom of Information Act 1982. This Act extends to the community the right to access information from prescribed authorities. The "information" sought by an applicant under the Act must be in document form and must be in the possession of the agency.
Applicants have the right to request any document which is in the possession of the University, but access is subject to any possible exemptions permitted by the Act.
A person does not have the right to obtain under the Act publications which are sold by the University, documents which are held by the Public Record Office of Victoria or documents that are readily available to the public.
There is no requirement for the University to create in response to an FOI request a document listing additional information, or to explain documents.
Agency: a department, council or a prescribed authority
Prescribed Authority: a body corporate established for a public purpose by, or in accordance with, the provisions of an Act (the part of the definition relevant to the University)
Document: a book, map, plan, graph, drawing, photograph, a label, marking or other writing, a disc, tape, sound track, a film, as well as anything marked with words, figures, letters or symbols which have meaning. Information held on computer disk or in a data base falls within the definition of a document.