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Freedom of Information

The ACT Freedom of Information ACT 2016 (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, including students, who wish to obtain information are encouraged to seek access in the first instance by contacting CIT directly rather than seeking formal access under the FOI Act.

The CIT 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, Office of the Chief Executive, First Floor E Block, CIT Reid between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Written requests for documents under the FOI Act should be directed to:

FOI Coordinator
Office of the Chief Executive
Canberra Institute of Technology
GPO Box 826

Functions of the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

CIT is a Territory Authority established under the Canberra Institute of Technology Act 1987.  The functions of CIT, as prescribed in section 6 the Act are:

(a) to conduct an educational institution to provide excellence in study in the fields of vocational education and training and higher education that -

  • (i) the institute board, with the Minister's written approval, decides; or
  • (ii) the Minister directs;

(b) to provide educational products and services, and use the facilities and resources of the institute, to advance and develop knowledge and skills in the community;

(c) to support ACT industry and business in pursuing economic growth and sustainability for the community;

(d) to perform the role of public provider of vocational education and training in the ACT;

(e) to issue awards to people who have satisfactorily completed a course of study at the institute;

(f) to issue awards posthumously and to issue honorary awards;

(g) to consult and cooperate with other entities and businesses to promote education and training and employment pathways for learners;

(h) to make suitable financial arrangements with industry and business for the purpose of the institute’s functions under paragraphs (a) to (e).

CIT Executive and Functional Structure is available here (PDF 1.4Mb).

CIT Internal Governance Committee structure is available here (PDF 69Kb).

Public participation in decision-making

Members of the public contribute to the work of CIT through:

  • membership of various boards and committees including the CIT Board and its subcommittees, Academic Council, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group and CIT Solutions Board
  • 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

CIT produces a broad range of documents in the course of its works. Documents freely available on the website include CIT annual reports, documents relating to programs and services offered (for example, Student Information Book and Course Guide) student policies and strategic plans. 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 FOI Act include:

  • Records and decisions of committees and board meetings
  • Research reports
  • Leases and deeds of agreement
  • General administrative files.