Request for access to documents under Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update – impact on Freedom of Information Requests

The department is actively processing FOI requests and is aiming to finalise all requests as quickly as possible. However, the department is experiencing a significant call on resources to manage Australia’s response. This is having an impact on the department’s ability to process requests.

During this time, we may require additional time to process your request and seek your agreement to an extension of time, or seek this agreement from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. We encourage all applicants to use self-service or administrative access schemes (obtaining information outside of the FOI Act) on our website to access information where possible.

Please send an email to the FOI mailbox ( if you would like to contact the department regarding your FOI request.

​​How to complete this form

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed before you can submit your request.

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives you a legal right to request access to material held by the government.

request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) must include:

  • enough information for us to identify documents you are requesting
  • an email or postal address to enable us to contact you.

You are not required to give us your real name, or any name at all, or provide proof of your identity. However we would need this information to be able to give you access to:

  • your own personal information or documents about your business affairs, or
  • information on behalf of another person with their consent.
* represents mandatory field

Your details

Note: Please type in your email address correctly so you receive a copy of your request.
Post is my preferred method of receiving correspondence from the department.
(including area code and no gaps)

Your request

Unclear or excessively large requests

The department may refuse to process requests that are

  • unclear
  • would involve a substantial and unreasonable diversion of resources to process (eg too broad in scope or involve too many documents).

This is more likely to happen if your request is in general terms about a topic on which significant work has been undertaken.

This may be less likely to happen if you

  • are specific about the type of document or information you seek, and
  • provide a time frame of the document.

Specifying more exclusions from the scope of your request may speed up your request and may reduce processing charges.

Please provide a detailed description of the document/s you are seeking in the fields below. Eg, Letters, emails, reports etc.
Specify a date range if you seek documents over a period of time

Note: The end date can be no later than the date this application is received by the department.

Privacy Statement

By completing and submitting this form you consent to the department’s collection of your personal information and use of it to administer your FOI request and related purposes. You are not required to provide your name or contact details beyond those required for us to send you notices and documents. However, this information may assist us to deal with your request more effectively. In you want to receive your personal information requests, we need to confirm that the information we release is to you or someone you have authorised to receive it.

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Last reviewed: 22 December 2020
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