The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published freedom of information (FOI) statistics from 2012–13 in an open data format for the first time.
The statistics track the number of FOI requests to agencies and ministers, the outcome of those requests, compliance with timeframes, use of exemptions and charges and estimated FOI costs and staff time. The statistics also include data from the 2011–12 financial year and an overview of FOI request numbers, charges and costs since 1982, when the Freedom of Information Act commenced.
The freedom of information (FOI) Guidelines Part 4, on charges for access, has been updated by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). The OAIC recently released updates to Parts 2 (Scope of the application of the FOI Act), 5 (Exemptions) and 9 (Internal review), and will shortly release an update to Part 12 (vexatious applicants).
Agencies must have regard to these guidelines when they are performing a function or exercising a power under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.