Freedom of information


​​​​​​​​​Freedom of information laws allow access by the general public to data held by national governments.

​​​​​​​​The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives you a ​​right to access information held by us, the Department and other Commonwealth agencies. You can request documents we hold and we will assess your request against the provisions of the FOI Act. We will give you the document unless an exemption applies.

Requests are often about statistics, manuals, rules and guidelines that we use to make decisions. You can also ask for information about your own visa or citizenship applications or decisions​.

You can also amend (change) or annotate (add a comment to) incorrect personal information kept by us.​​

For more information, see:​

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Information Publication Scheme

This agency publication plan meets t​he requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

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Disclosure Logs

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) requires agencies to publish information provided to an applicant under FOI unless it contains personal information.​

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Make an FOI​ request

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