Freedom of information

Freedom of information (FOI) provides the public with the right to access information held by Australian Government ministers and Australian Government agencies. This right is promoted and enforced in the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

You can request information about you that is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading, to be amended and/or annotated under the FOI Act.

FOI does not provide contact details for any current or past employees of the Department.

Note, the following agencies are exempt from disclosing information in response to an FOI request:

  • Australian Signals Directorate
  • Defence Intelligence Organisation
  • Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation, with the exception of the Australian Hydrographic Office as directed by the Minister for Defence.

For more information about FOI visit the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) Freedom of information page.

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