If you are unhappy with the decision of an agency or minister under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), you can:
- apply for internal review by asking the agency or minister to reconsider their decision, so long as the agency head or minister did not personally make the decision
- request that the Australian Information Commissioner (Information Commissioner) review the decision. You can also apply for Information Commissioner review (IC review) after seeking internal review.
You can apply for IC review:
There is no fee for requesting a review.
In most cases you must apply for IC review within 60 days of being notified of the minister’s or agency’s decision. You must apply within 30 days if you are requesting review of a decision to grant access to documents to another person. You can also ask the Information Commissioner to grant you more time to apply for IC review.
For more information about requesting a review see FOI Fact Sheet 12 — Freedom of Information: your review rights.
More information is also available on the What happens to your IC review page.