FOI Disclosure Log

What is a freedom of information disclosure log?

All Australian Government agencies that are subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) are required by section 11C to publish a freedom of information (FOI) disclosure log on their website. The FOI disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011.

The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:

  • personal information about any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • other information, covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner, if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above points.

Who regulates FOI disclosure logs?

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is also the agency with oversight responsibility for FOI disclosure logs for all Australian Government agencies that are subject to the FOI Act. To find out more about creating an FOI disclosure log see s 93A FOI Act guidelines Part 14 — Disclosure log.

OAIC's FOI disclosure log

Subscribe to this OAIC feed to receive notification when the OAIC releases information through the disclosure log below.

Information to assist Australian Government agencies in developing their own FOI disclosure log is available in our Guidance for agency websites: 'Access to information' web page.

The information described in the disclosure log table below has been released by the OAIC under the FOI Act and is available for public access.

A link is provided if the information can be downloaded from this website or another website.

Information that is not available online may be obtained by emailing or writing to us. A charge may be imposed to reimburse the OAIC for the cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you. There will be no charge for the time spent by the OAIC in processing the FOI request that led to this information being made available. You will be notified if any charge is payable and required to pay the charge before the information is provided.

There may be documents in the disclosure log that are currently not available in HTML format. If you are unable to read the format provided please contact us for an alternative format. We will try to meet all reasonable requests for an alternative format of the document in a timely manner and at the lowest reasonable cost to you.

Information attached, or referred, to in the OAIC's disclosure log will generally be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.

Please note:

  • Most FOI requests to the OAIC are made by individuals in relation to their complaint file. These releases do not meet the criteria for public release in this disclosure log.
  • A document published on the disclosure log may be an edited version of the document originally provided to an applicant because of an exception in s 11C(1) of the FOI Act.
  • The FOI Act also requires the OAIC to proactively publish a range of information under the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). If the document you are looking for is not in the disclosure log, it may be available on the IPS page.

Information about making an FOI request, in relation to information held by the OAIC, can be found at Access our Information

The OAIC's FOI disclosure log, shown in reverse chronological order.
Reference numberDate of accessFOI requestInformation published in the disclosure logOther information
FOIREQ14 00038 2 July 2014

A request for documents recording the following details:

Since 7 September 2013:

  • The number of times the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) or the PMO has requested an extension of time under s 15AB of the FOI Act
  • The number of times those requests have been approved
  • The number of applications for OAIC review received in relation to PM&C or PMO FOI requests
  • The number of times those review applications have been resolved in favour of PM&C or PMO.

pdfPMC and PMO IC Reviews219.91 KB

pdfPMC and PMO 15AB Decisions227.04 KB

Full access provided.
FOIREQ14 00018 11 February 2014 A request for 'a copy of a document described as a "Case Study": Case Study #1 — Dealing with 'Complex and Voluminous" Applications'.

pdfCorrespondence from Phillip Sweeney received 10 Feb 2014.pdf5.48 MB

Document not published originally as contains personal information. Document originally provided by applicant and applicant subsequently confirmed consent to publication of this information.
FOIREQ13 00054 23 December 2013 A request for a copy of a letter by an ASIC officer dated 2 July 2010 (ASIC file ref: CCU-10/0195)

pdfLetter from ASIC to Phillip Sweeney of 2 July 2010.pdf589.78 KB

Document not published originally as contains personal information. Application made pseudonymously by recipient of letter who later confirmed their own identity and no objection to publication.
FOIREQ 13/00024 13 August 2013 A request for documents relating to the Australian Privacy Commissioner's media statement of 12 June 2013 on US surveillance.

 pdfDocuments relating to Australian Privacy Commissioner speech of 12 June 2013 on US surveillance.pdf

 

Partial access provided
FOIREQ 13/00013 11 July 2013 Executed copies of the original and amended contracts between Orima Research Pty Ltd and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to deliver an online survey of all Australian Government agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 pdf1. Amended Request for Offer RFO Redacted.pdf1014.6 KB

pdf2. Original Contract Redacted.pdf1.31 MB

pdf3. Letter of Variation.pdf401.21 KB

 

 
FOIREQ 13/00006 8 February 2013 Any correspondence (letters and emails) between the Information Commissioner/OAIC staff and the Attorney General or Attorney General's Department, the Minister for Foreign Affairs or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or the Prime Minister regarding the Open Government Partnership (OGP), including the Commissioner's views and recommendations regarding the OGP and the views of the Government, since 1 January 2012.

(Note: Agreement from the requester that the 3 letters meet the request)

pdf1. Letter from the Information Commissioner to the AGD providing advice on how Australia could join the OGP, what resources the OAIC could make available, and what further resources the OAIC would require (dated 10 January 2013)523.63 KB

pdf2. Letter from the Attorney-General's Department (AGD) to the Information Commissioner regarding the requirements for Australia to join the OGP (dated 17 August 2012)1.89 MB

pdf3. Letter from the Attorney-General to the Information Commissioner regarding the OGP (dated 27 June 2012)56.37 KB

 Full access provided.
FOIREQ 12/00009

2-08-2012

Any communications received or sent in the last year with the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada pertaining to a review of Canada's Access to Information Act.

Email from Candian Information Commissioner to the Australian Information Commission and subsequent email from the Australian Information Commissioner to OAIC executive staff (date 2-6-2012)

Email from Canadian Information Commissioner to the Australian Information Commissioner and response from the Australian Information Commissioner (2-6-2012 and 4-6-2012)

Full access provided.

FOIREQ 12/00003

9-07-2012

The policy statements, procedural/action guidelines and similar that OAIC has in place to receive, receipt and respond to customer and supplier correspondence.

The incoming and outgoing mail registers or like trace data recording all customer and supplier mail (including emails, electronic and telephony forms of correspondence received or sent by the Australian Information Commission from 1 April 2012 to 18 June 2012).

Privacy complaints practice and procedure manual under the heading 'incoming mail' (available at www.oaic.gov.au/about-us/corporate-information/privacy-operational).

Enquiries line manual (available at General operational).

pdfScreenshot of compliance new mail register database182.53 KB.

pdfCanberra reception hardcopy mail received list229.09 KB

Full access provided.

Full access provided.

The database' did not hold any data and was not in use at the time of the request.

Partial access was provided as the document was conditionally exempt under s 47F. The document was originally in handwritten format and has been converted to electronic form for publication.

PF69

25-06-2012

Any document, other than the Guidelines to the National Privacy Principles, in which the OAIC has interpreted NPP 10.1(e).

pdfPage 33 and 34 of an Internal Document of the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner entitled 'Standard NPP Paragraphs'102.57 KB (not current or in use)

Pages 33 and 34 were relevant to the request and were released. Other pages were not released because they were not relevant (s 22).

PF70

18-06-2012

A copy of the submission by five Alternative Dispute Resolution Bodies (dated October 2004) to the review of the privacy principles.

pdfJoint Submission of Alternative Dispute Schemes to 'Getting in on the Act: The Review of the Private Sector Provisions of the Privacy Act 1988'2.26 MB (dated October 2004)

Full access provided.

PF51

21-10-2011

A copy of the current signed delegation/ authorisation/ permission for all powers to make decisions under the FOI Act and copies of the last five signed delegations/ authorisations/ permissions but nothing older than 2005.

pdfOAIC FOI Act s 23(1) Authorisation70.23 KB (dated 1-11-2010)

pdfOAIC FOI s 10A (IPS) Authorisation35.07 KB (dated 20-4-2011)

pdfOAIC FOI Act s 25 Delegation49.04 KB (dated 27-1-2011)

pdfOPC FOI Act s 23(1) delegation34.79 KBFOI Act s 23(1) delegation (dated 4-2-2009)

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pdfOAIC Privacy Act s 68 Appointment of authorised officers68.28 KB Privacy Act s 68 Appointment of authorised officers (dated 1-11-2010)

Full access provided. In addition a Privacy Act authorisation was supplied.

Note: Current delegations and authorisations are available at www.oaic.gov.au/about-us/corporate-information/all/

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