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Arts Centre Melbourne
Freedom of Information Statement

About this Statement

At Arts Centre Melbourne ("ACM"), we aim to make our information and documents easily accessible to members of the public. This Part II Statement provides an overview of the functions of ACM and provides an overview of the types of documents and information held by ACM. Please note that it is not an exhaustive list. If you are searching for a particular document or information not listed here, you can search our website or contact us.

In accordance with Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) ("FOI Act"), certain information must be published about ACM. The FOI Act gives any person the right, subject to certain exemptions, to access documents relating to the activities of state government agencies. This includes the activities of ACM.

If you cannot find the information you are searching for after reviewing this statement and conducting a search of our website, we encourage you to contact our Freedom of Information Officer at and ask if the information or document you are seeking is available. In many instances we will be able to provide you with the information you are seeking without requiring you to make a formal request for access.

Statement 1: Organisation and functions

Established as the Victorian Arts Centre Trust in 1979 by way of the Victorian Arts Centre Act 1979 ("the Act"), ACM is a state-owned creative organisation. Accordingly, ACM is owned by the people of Victoria and operated by Trustees appointed by the Governor in Council, with the recommendation of the Minister for the Arts.

ACM is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and achieves its charitable purpose by presenting and producing theatrical performances, providing leadership in the promotion and development of the performing arts, ensuring maintenance and conservation of the State collection of performing arts material, and performing any other functions appropriate as the Minister may approve or conferred on the Trust under the Act.

ACM administers the use of the public arts spaces which make up the Victorian Arts Centre at 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. The Victorian Arts Centre comprises of Hamer Hall, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and the Theatres Building beneath the iconic spire along with its external forecourt. ACM is home to Resident Companies including The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company, and Opera Australia.

For more information about ACM’s organisational structure and its Board of Trustees, see Our Team, The Executive and the Trust.

To view a financial overview, summary of activities and charity overview of ACM, visit the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Charity Register.

If you require any other information, please contact us.

Statement 2: Categories of documents

ACM creates a broad range of documents and records in the course of its work. All records are stored electronically and at times, also in hard copy.

Document types include:

  • policies and procedures;
  • briefings and reports;
  • correspondence;
  • meeting minutes and records;
  • financial records;
  • training and education material;
  • employee records;
  • operational records;
  • images, audio recordings and videos;
  • contracts.

Documents are organised under the following categories:

  • Administrative
  • Business planning
  • Training and education
  • Financial management
  • Human resources
  • Legal
  • Policy
  • Operational

Statement 3: Freedom of information arrangements

The FOI Act provides you with the right to request access to documents held by ACM. The object of the FOI Act is to extend the right of the community to access information about their personal affairs and the activities of the Government and other bodies constituted under the law of Victoria.

Before you make a request for access

Before submitting a formal freedom of information request ("FOI Request"), please contact ACM’s Freedom of Information Officer. In many cases, ACM will be able to provide the requested information more efficiently without the need for an FOI Request.

Making a request for access

All requests for access to documents under the FOI Act must be made in writing to:

The Freedom of Information Officer
Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004


By email at:

We have prepared a template application form which can be accessed here.

The template ensures that your FOI Request provides all necessary information and requests a description the information or document you are seeking access to. If ACM cannot clearly identify the information or documents being requested, you will be contacted for clarification.

Processing your request

Requests for access to documents under section 17 of the FOI Act must be accompanied by the prescribed fee of two fee units. Current fee units amounts can be found here. Payment can be made by cheque or money order payable to the Victorian Arts Centre Trust, or by credit card.

Statement 4: Publications

ACM produces a range of publications which can be accessed on the How We Work section of our website.

The publications include but are not limited to:

  • Annual reports;
  • Safety Policies;
  • Code of Conduct;
  • Conditions of Entry;
  • Our Strategic Framework;
  • “Know the Line” Workplace Behaviour Statement.

If you need assistance in finding a publication, please contact us.

Statement 5: Rules, policies and procedures

Codes of conduct, policies and procedures are in place to govern the daily operations of ACM and support its administrative functions.

These include:

  • Acceptable Use Policy;
  • Child Safety Policy;
  • FOI Procedure;
  • Health & Safety Policy;
  • Privacy Policy;
  • Records Management Policy;
  • Ticketing Services Policy.

ACM’s privacy statement can be viewed here which sets out the handling of personal information under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).

Statement 6: Report literature

ACM publishes an Annual Report each year. They can be viewed or downloaded here.

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