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Freedom of Information

FOI Process

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) gives gives members of the public a general right of access to documents of an agency and official documents of a Minister, other than exempt documents or parts of documents. Exemptions may relate to national security, material obtained in confidence, Cabinet documents, or other matters set out in the Act.

The disclosure log on Treasury's website includes any information released in response to FOI requests to Treasury Ministers, other than personal, business or certain other information set out in section 11C of the Act.

Responses to FOI requests are published on the Treasury website at the same time as the information is provided to the applicant. Documents released under the FOI Act are generally made available on the website after 4pm on Fridays (other than public holidays).

How to apply for access

To make an FOI request, applicants should either:

Freedom of Information
The Treasury
Langton Crescent

Please advise to which Treasury Minister the FOI request is directed.

Please describe as clearly as possible the information being sought. Include any reference numbers or articles that may assist in identifying specific material and where possible include a date range.

Request process

Requests will be processed in accordance with the Act and guidelines from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.


There is no application fee for an FOI request. Processing charges may apply to requests other than for documents containing only personal information. If there is a charge, the applicant will receive a written estimate. Applicants can ask for a charge to be waived or reduced for any reason, including financial hardship or on the grounds of public interest. Evidence may be requested when seeking a waiver of charges.

Review Rights

Applicants have the right of a review of FOI decisions made by Treasury Ministers. The following options are available: