Freedom of information requests

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives the public a right to access information held by Defence.

If seeking personal information about a current or ex-serving member use the Personal information request.

Why make a FOI request

A FOI request should be made when:

  • seeking Defence corporate information created on or after 1 January 2004
  • seeking to amend or annotate information held by Defence
  • not satisfied with the result of a Personal information request.

How to make a FOI request

Make and FOI request by using the online form, or by submitting a request in writing to or the Defence FOI postal address.

Acknowledgement of a FOI request will be sent within 14 days. An estimate of any fees will be provided before the request is processed.

What to expect

Defence will send a letter explaining the decision within 30 days, unless otherwise notified. Defence may extend the 30 day period to complete a request when:

  • the requestor agrees to the extension of time
  • the request captures a large amount of information
  • Defence is required to consult third parties.

Information might be redacted, or denied in full, where it is exempt from release under the FOI Act.

FOI request outcomes are disclosed on the FOI disclosure log page.

Request a review

Where the requestor is not satisfied with the decision, they have the right to request a review.

  • Defence internal review - must be requested via email to within 30 days of receipt of the decision.
  • External review by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner - must be requested within 60 days of receipt the decision.

Exempt bodies

The following Defence bodies are exempt from the functions of the FOI Act.

  • Australian Signals Directorate
  • Defence Intelligence Organisation
  • Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (with the exception of the Australian Hydrographic Office).

FOI also does not provide contact details for any current or past Defence employees.




Postal address

Defence Freedom of Information

PO Box 7910

Canberra BC ACT 2610