Freedom of Access to Information and Resources

We’re campaigning for a fair, open, democratic society where information can be accessed by everyone.

FAIR is lobbying on a number of issues which affect Australia's library and information sector including copyright law reform, cybersafety and the problems with internet filtering, digitising our nation’s history, encouraging children to read, evidence-based decisions in law, health and business, evidence-based policy making, learning at any age, qualified library staff in schools, supporting Australia's book industry and well funded public libraries.

Save Ultimo TAFE Library - ALIA's open letter to NSW Skills Minister

Friday, 25 November, 2016

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has written an open letter to the NSW Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, to protest about TAFE management’s plan to turn the third floor of its Ultimo campus library into corporate offices.

The library at Ultimo TAFE in Sydney is under threat and ALIA and FAIR are supporting a campaign to keep all levels of the library open for students.

Save Ultimo TAFE Library

Thursday, 24 November, 2016

The Library at Ultimo TAFE in Sydney is under threat.

FAIR and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) are supporting a campaign to keep all levels of the library open for students.

TAFE Corporate has plans to take over level two of Ultimo TAFE library which will result in a significant reduction of valuable library space including student computers, study rooms and quiet study areas.

Productivity Commission says consumer access to private data should be mandatory

Thursday, 3 November, 2016

The Productivity Commission  (PC) is recommending a major overhaul of Australia's data policy framework, including the introduction of a Comprehensive Right to give people more control over their data.

The PC has released a a draft report 'Data Availability and Use' and is calling for submissions.

New complaints mechanism

Monday, 31 October, 2016
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner will establish a national online complaints mechanism, to assist Australians to access tangible support when intimate images or videos are posted without their consent - so called 'revenge porn.'
The portal will be live in the first quarter of the next Financial Year 2017/18.
The Office has been operating a cyberbullying complaints scheme since 1 July 2015 for Australian children under 18 years of age.

FAIR and ALIA support call for Ford archive to remain in Australia

Monday, 31 October, 2016

Joint media release

Monday, 31 October 2016, Canberra: Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) supports former Ford Australia executives who are asking the Federal Government to prevent the export of the company's local archives, following the closure of the local manufacturing operations.

PSA NSW Library reprieve

Thursday, 20 October, 2016

Good news from the Public Service Association (PSA) of NSW - the library at PSA House now looks like it has a great future.

Last week, the Australia Library and Information Association (ALIA) heard that despite strong representations from Public Service Association (PSA) NSW Members and ALIA earlier in the year, the former General Secretary had planned to  break up the PSA NSW library.

Digital Transformation Office upgraded

Tuesday, 18 October, 2016

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Digital Transformation Office (DTO) is to be upgraded to an Agency to take the Government’s digital agenda to a new level.

According to the Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, the agenda was being expanded so that more Australians could access improved Government services online.

Mr Taylor said the new Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) would implement wide scale change in digital capability across Government Departments, benefiting the public and other users of Government services.

Re-write your story

Wednesday, 12 October, 2016

The Office of the children's eSafety Commissioner has launched another initiative to combat cyberbullying.

It's called Rewrite Your Story (RYS) short film 'Conor'.

RYS is a youth-focussed program which explores cyberbullying and features real-life cyberbullying stories, alongside advice and support about how to handle it. The program also provides detailed, and essential, information about how to report serious cyberbullying to the Office when required.