The Western Australian Freedom of Information Act 1992 was proclaimed in November 1993. Each agency subject to this Act is obliged to make publicly available an Information Statement. The requirements for the Information Statement are outlined in the Act in Section 96 “Publication of Information Statements” and Section 97 “Information Statements and Internal Manuals to be made available”. These are summarised below.
The Freedom of Information Act 1992 requires all state and local government agencies to produce and make available to the public documentation detailing how an agency works and what records are held.
This Information Statement outlines the structure and function of Dental Health Services. It details information about Dental Health Services establishment, strategic plans, legislation, decision making processes, performance criteria and documentation.
The document also describes the services provided for the public and how the public can have a say in what decisions are made about the services provided.
Record management policies and a list of the types of documents held by Dental Health Services are included. The list details what records are kept, how the records are kept, how long they are kept, which documents can be seen by the public and how this is done. For detailed information refer to the Patient Information Retention and Disposal Schedule Version 4, 2014. A copy of the Schedule can be obtained by clicking here.
Policies on accessing information and documentation are explained along with the procedures for access to information under the Freedom of Information Act 1992.