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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 general right of access to information held by us and other Commonwealth agencies (departments and authorities).

Under the FOI Act, you have a legal right (subject to some exceptions) to see documents we hold and get copies of those documents. You can also see most manuals, rules and guidelines that we use to make decisions about the legislation we administer such as the Migration Act 1958 and the Australian Citizenship Act 2004.

We might refuse to give you access to documents because they are exempt documents.

See Freedom of Information Act 1982(FOI Act)


Information Publication Scheme

This agency publication plan is for the purpose of meeting the 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 in a disclosure log within 10 working days after the freedom of information (FOI) applicant was 'given access' to a document.

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Access to information

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Exempt documents