FOI guidelines

The Australian Information Commissioner can issue guidelines about the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) under section 93A of that Act. Section 93A also requires Australian Government ministers and agencies to have regard to these guidelines when performing a function or exercising a power under the FOI Act.

The OAIC also provides a Guide to the FOI Act, which explains the FOI Act’s main provisions and underlying principles. Other Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) FOI resources can also help agencies and ministers apply the FOI Act.

These FOI Guidelines are not legislative instruments.

An archive of previous FOI Guidelines is also available, including a description of changes between versions.

Each chapter includes a pdf version, and there is a pdfCombined set of FOI Guidelines - March 20142.81 MB

Below are the current Guidelines followed by a table of links to archived versions which includes a summary of significant changes between each version.

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