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Disclosure of information
People who report suspected noncompliance to the APVMA are usually interested in the progress of the matter. Detailed information is usually not provided, as it may be unfair or prejudicial to a person or company.
In particular, we will not comment if doing so would prejudice a person’s or a company’s right to a fair hearing or legal process, impinge on the privacy or safety of others involved in the investigation (such as complainants, witnesses and suspects) or prejudice past, current or future actions of the APVMA.
Details of investigative activities normally remain confidential. However, most court proceedings are open to the public. Enforcement outcomes and other compliance activities are publicised when appropriate.
The APVMA may share information with co-regulators for law enforcement purposes. When this occurs, the relevant information security and privacy provisions apply, as provided in the Privacy Act 1988.
We handle responses to information requests about general compliance and enforcement matters in accordance with the APVMA’s Service Charter, subject to any confidentiality obligations and legislative requirements relating to information security and privacy. The service charter is available on the APVMA website.
Media enquiries are handled by the APVMA Public Affairs unit and the APVMA Compliance and Enforcement spokesperson.
Notices and information that the APVMA publishes
We publish certain information relating to compliance and enforcement activities on our website, including information about monitoring activities and enforcement actions. We also report on performance in compliance and enforcement activities in our annual report.
Requests for information relating to compliance or enforcement or to matters made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 are handled in accordance with the process set out in that Act. Decisions to release or refuse to release information are considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act.