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Freedom of Information

The ACT Freedom of Information ACT 1989 (FOI Act) provides citizens with the right to access all documents in the possession of the ACT Government, subject to prescribed exemptions.

Access to documents

Members of the public (and therefore students) who wish to obtain information are encouraged to seek access in the first instance by contacting the Institute directly rather than seeking formal access under the Freedom of Information legislation.

The Institute's Freedom of Information Coordinator can be contacted on (02) 6207 3104.

Access to documents under the FOI Act can also be requested in person at Reception, Chief Executive's Office, First Floor E Block, Reid Campus between the hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Written requests for documents under the ACT Freedom of Information Act should be directed to:

FOI Coordinator
Chief Executive's Office
Canberra Institute of Technology
GPO Box 826
CANBERRA  ACT  2601

The FOI Act also requires ACT Government agencies to publish information about their functions and about the documents they hold. These are known as Section 7 and 8 statements and can be accessed below.

Section 7 Statement

Introduction

Organisation, Functions and Powers

The Canberra Institute of Technology is a statutory authority established under the Canberra Institute of Technology Act 1987.

The functions of the institute, as described in the CIT Act, are:

  1. to conduct, mainly in the ACT, an educational institution to foster excellence in study in the fields of technical and further education that the director, with the Minister's written approval, decides or the Minister requires; and
  2. to provide courses and programs, and to use the facilities and resources of the institute, to advance and develop knowledge and skill in the fields of technical and further education; and
  3. to support industry and commerce, and to assist the development of industry and commerce and the community, in the ACT; and
  4. to promote the development of community awareness and appreciation of technical and further education; and
  5. to confer awards to people who have completed courses of studies at the institute; and
  6. to confer honorary awards; and
  7. to consult and cooperate with other entities in relation to the provision of technical and further education; and
  8. to make suitable financial arrangements with industry and commerce for the purposes of its functions under paragraphs (a) to (g); and
  9. to do anything incidental to its functions under (a) to (h)

The powers of the institute, as described in the Act, are:

  1. erecting buildings and structures and carrying out works;
  2. occupying, using and controlling any land or building owned or leased (whether from the Territory or anyone else) and made available to the institute;
  3. making available, by lease or otherwise, any land or building to anyone else;
  4. accepting gifts, grants, devises and bequests, whether on trust or otherwise, and acting as trustee of property vested in it on trust;
  5. providing scholarships and other similar benefits;
  6. charging for work done and services provided;
  7. providing consultative services;
  8. investing in shares in, or debentures or other securities of, a company;
  9. providing services, facilities or resources to -
    - (i) any company in which it holds shares; or
    - (ii) a member of any partnership it has entered into; or
    - (iii) a member of any joint venture it participates in;
  10. acting as an agent for other people;
  11. getting commercial sponsorship;
  12. establishing and conducting residential facilities for its staff or students either by itself or in association with other entities;
  13. establishing and maintaining library, museum, art and other collections either by itself or in association with other entities.

Public participation in decision-making

Members of the public contribute to the work of the Institute by the following means:

  • membership of various boards and committees including the CIT Advisory Council, CIT Audit Committee, Academic Board, Resources Board, CIT Solutions Board and Centre Advisory Committees;
  • participation in consultative groups for program design and review;
  • participation in a range of client consultative processes and industry specific surveys and activities; and
  • attendance at CIT open days, special events and information sessions.

Categories of documents

Documents freely available on request and without charge

CIT's annual report, and documents relating to programs and services offered (for example, Student Information Book and Course Guide) are available on the CIT website. Most of these are also available in hard copy, and free of charge, through CIT Student Services.

Records and documents which may be available under the Freedom of Information Act include:

  • Student records (to the student concerned)
  • Records of committee and board meetings
  • Leases and deeds of agreement
  • General administrative files

Facilities for access

Members of the public who wish to obtain information are encouraged to seek access in the first instance by contacting the Institute directly rather than seeking formal access under the Freedom of Information legislation.

The Institute's Freedom of Information Coordinator can be contacted on (02) 6207 3104.

Access to documents under the FOI Act can also be requested in person at Reception, Chief Executive's Office, First Floor E Block, Reid Campus between the hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

All Institute campuses have disabled access, are accessible by public transport and have reserved car parking designated for persons with a disability.
Written requests for documents under the FOI Act should be directed to:

FOI Coordinator
Chief Executive's Office
Canberra Institute of Technology
GPO Box 826
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Section 8 Statement

Documents

  • CIT Student Policies and associated procedures - published on the CIT website, and available in hard copy from the Chief Executive's Office, 6207 3104.
  • CIT Staff Policies -  and associated procedures - published on the CIT intranet, and available in hard copy from the Chief Executive's Office, 6207 3104.
  • Student Information Guide - published on the CIT website and available in hard copy from the Chief Executive's Office, 6207 3104.