FOI in WA Conference 2023 - FOI and Open Government in the Digital Age - 2 November 2023 - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre


Conference registrations close 25 October 2023.

Following successful events in 2017 and 2019, the OIC will once again be running its FOI in WA Conference in 2023.

The theme for this year's conference is FOI and Open Government in the Digital Age.

This conference will explore the role of FOI in Open Government and how it is impacted by the digital age. It will consider practical issues for FOI practitioners as well as big issues related to how agencies can be open and accountable in the digital information environment and how to improve information access in WA through FOI and Open Government approaches.

This year's conference is particularly special as it forms part of our celebrations of 30 years of the FOI Act in WA, with the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (WA) coming into effect in 1993.


Conference Program

The conference program can be found here (PDF, 712KB)

This conference will have a hybrid format. In-person delegates will have the choice of attending sessions in rooms 1, 2 or 3. Online delegates will have the choice of watching proceedings in room 1, which will be live-streamed all day, participating in Zoom workshops, or a combination of the two. However, please note that conference sessions will not be recorded.



CPD for legal practitioners can be claimed for some conference sessions. For details of the CPD available, please click here (PDF, 327KB).


Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Dr Carmen Lawrence AO

The Hon Dr Carmen Lawrence AO

The keynote speaker for this conference will be The Hon Dr Carmen Lawrence AO. 

Dr Lawrence was the leader of the WA Government that introduced FOI laws to WA and has spoken about her passion for government accountability and transparency.




Session Speakers

In addition to the WA Information Commissioner, panellists and presenters will include Information Commissioners from a variety of Australian and NZ information access jurisdictions, FOI and recordkeeping experts from the OIC and across the sector, and eminent lawyers and academics.

Angelene Falk
Angelene Falk 
Australian Information Commissioner
and Privacy Commissioner, OAIC
Elizabeth Tydd
Elizabeth Tydd 
Information Commissioner and CEO,
Information and Privacy Commission
New South Wales
Stephanie Winson
Stephanie Winson
Right to Information Commissioner,
Office of the Information Commissioner
Peter Boshier
Peter Boshier
Chief Ombudsman,
Ombudsman New Zealand
Joanne Kummrow
Joanne Kummrow
Public Access Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
Caroline Spencer
Caroline Spencer
WA Auditor General
Catherine Fletcher
Catherine Fletcher
Information Commissioner,
Damian Shepherd
Session moderator
Damian Shepherd
Director, State Records Office
Prof. Robert Cunningham
Session moderator
Prof. Robert Cunningham
Dean and Head of School, Curtin University Law School; Murray Chambers
Michael Carroll
Michael Carroll
Chief Data Officer, Department of Communities WA
Associate Prof. Johan Lidberg
Assoc. Prof. Johan Lidberg
Chief Investigator (The Culture of Implementing Freedom of Information in Australia), Monash University
Julia Powles
Assoc. Prof. Julia Powles
Director, UWA Tech & Policy Lab; Associate Professor of Law and Technology,
UWA Law School
Helen Ensikat
Helen Ensikat
Director, Cross-Functional Initiatives, Department of Biodiversity, Conversation and Attractions


Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.


Eligibility and Pricing

Registration will be open to all WA State and local government officers. For the first time, it will also be open to a limited number of non-government delegates with a work-related interest in FOI. If you have any queries about your eligibility to attend, or about the registration process in general, please email us.

Conference registration is priced as follows.

Government officers

  • In-person, all day $199.00
  • In-person, morning only $110.00
  • Online, all day $105.00


  • In-person, all day $279.00
  • In-person, morning only $155.00
  • Online, all day $150.00


Please note that registration will close on 25 October. All bookings are subject to the conference terms and conditions (PDF, 120KB)

Credit card payment

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Registration without a credit card

If you require an invoice to arrange for payment of your registration, please complete the form below. An invoice will be issued and, on payment, we will complete your registration for you.


Conference flyer

Click the thumbnail below to view our conference flyer (PDF, 2.55MB)


Getting to the conference

For detailed information about getting to the conference, see the Convention Centre's website here:

Public transport

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre is conveniently located right on top of the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station, and next to the Elizabeth Quay Train Station.

More information can be found on the Transperth website here:

By car

The closest carpark to the Convention Centre is City of Perth Parking (CPP) Convention Centre. For more information, visit the CPP website here:

Please note that, as this carpark is run by CPP and not by the Convention Centre, we are unable to organise subsidised parking. 

By taxi/rideshare service

The dropoff and pickup location for the Convention Centre is the Plaza entry on level 1, adjacent to the Adina Apartment Hotel Perth.


Any other questions about the conference?

Send us an email.