Before making your freedom of information (FOI) request
Check you have the right department
We may not be holding the information you need. Check to see if the information you need is held by another department, or another state or territory government agency.
Check ImmiAccount or VEVO
The information you need may be available in
VEVO or your
Check your own records
Check to see if you or your migration agent already has the required document.
Check our website for published statistics or information
We publish a lot of information on our website, including visa and
Check our disclosure log
We publish a wide range of non-personal documents, including reports, briefings, submissions and statistics in our
Requests to amend information
If you are making a freedom of information request to amend information, check if this should be done another way.
If you are an Australian citizen seeking to change or correct your personal records, such as your name or date of birth on your citizenship certificate, see
Change a citizenship certificate.
If you have applied for Australian Citizenship, you will need to request the amendment as part of your citizenship application.
This is to ensure that your evidence of Australian citizenship matches departmental records. If an amendment to information under FOI would result in your evidence of Australian citizenship being different to your records, we would refer this to our citizenship section.
See Evidence of citizenship and certificates
If you are waiting for a visa application decision, you must tell us about any changes in your circumstances that may affect an answer to questions in your application. See
Changes in your situation.