The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) gives you the right to request access to certain documents held by our department.
We publish freedom of information (FOI) requests in our FOI disclosure log. FOI documents for the current year are available for download. Contact us for previous years’ documentation.
Publicly released information by year:
To request documents under the Act you must:
The first five hours of decision making are free, but charges may apply to cover lengthier processing times. See the Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 1982 for a schedule of charges.
We will advise you of any charges, and wait for your confirmation before processing the request.
You do not have to pay if:
We will confirm receipt of your request within 14 days, and a decision will usually happen within 30 days. This decision period can be extended under certain circumstances. For example, if we need to consult with third parties the period is extended by 30 days.
We can refuse to provide access to documents, or parts of documents, if they are exempt under the Act. Some common reasons for exemption:
We always explain the reason for our decision. If you're unhappy with our decision there's an FOI review process.
Read about the FOI review process on the OAIC's website.
Last updated: 9 March 2021
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