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.

Wayback Machine - fund raising

Wednesday, 21 December, 2016

Internet archive, the Wayback Machine, is  appealing for funds.

The founder and digital librarian, Brewster Kahle, said this appeal to ensure facts, good, reliable information is archived at a time when fake news is proliferating.

The objective of the fund raising is to create copy of the archive's digital collections in Canada because Mr Kahle said: '...lots of copies keeps things safe.'

During this month, a supporter of the archive, will match donations dollar for dollar.

New IFLA network

Friday, 9 December, 2016

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has launched a new network for those interested in Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) in library and information work.  

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.