Commonwealth agencies must publish information about their operations and also release documents upon request under freedom of information unless they are absolutely or conditionally exempt. Reasons must be given and refusals can be disputed by complaint, first to the AIC then on appeal to the AAT. Inspection is free and fixed charges apply to copies of documents. A separate freedom of information scheme applies to state government agencies.
This section includes the following topics:
- Commonwealth legislation
- Commonwealth freedom of information: accessing documents
- Outcomes of requests and costs
- Access by others and complaints
- Victorian freedom of information legislation
- Further information