Freedom of information law

Contributors

Anna Collyer, Partner, Allens

Melinda Inserra, Senior Associate, Allens

Overview

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 Australian Information Commissioner, then on appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. 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:

 

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