Information Publication Scheme

About the scheme

The Information Publication Scheme (IPS) commenced on 1 May 2011 and requires all government agencies to publish a broad range of information and make it available for downloading where possible.

We are required to comply with the IPS requirements provided under Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).


The department's IPS Plan describes how we proposes to comply with the IPS requirements, as prescribed by paragraph 8(1) of the FOI Act.

About our department

Who we are

What we do

Reports and responses to Parliament

Freedom of Information requests

Data requests

You can also find various data sets published by the department, including DSS Payment Demographic statistic on the Australian Government Data website.

You can request other data that isn’t publicly available by completing the data request form.


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Current reviews

As at 15 March 2023, the department is conducting the following reviews:

Random Sample Survey (RSS) Methodology Review Implementation

The purpose of the review is to provide a plan to implement recommendations from the RSS Methodology Review for the Random Sample Survey.

The review is being conducted by the Australian National University and is due to be completed by 30 June 2023.

Review of the impact of the Cashless Debit Card transition

The Cashless Debit Card (CDC) program has been abolished. The Government provided undertakings in Parliament to complete a review of the impact of the CDC transition. The department has commissioned a review of the impacts of the transition. The purpose of the review is to develop evidence on impacts of the CDC transition and to generate broader insights on outcomes being experienced, at the individual and community level, in former CDC regions.

The review is being conducted by the University of Adelaide and is due to be completed by 1 December 2023.


If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request, you can complain to the Australian Information Commissioner who may investigate our actions. More information is available on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website.

Contact us

  • Email:, or
  • Write to:
    Freedom of Information Team 
    Department of Social Services 
    GPO Box 9820

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