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.


For current consultations visit


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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