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FOI 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

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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
FOIREQ18/00029 9 May 2018 Any documents generated or received since Christian Porter was appointed as Attorney-General that go to filling the statutory positions of Information Commissioner, Privacy Commissioner and/or FOI Commissioner. Personal information relating to the acting Australian Information Commissioner, Ms Angelene Falk, (including CV and date of birth) was excluded from the scope of this FOI request. pdfFOIREQ18-00029 Documents1.66 MB

Partial access provided.
Personal information has been deleted from the published documents, in accordance with s 11C(1)(a) of the FOI Act.

FOIREQ18/00023 27 April 2018 Documents, including correspondence, memos, submissions or reports created in 2018, which address the privacy implications or concerns surrounding the government's plans to access encrypted electronic communications. pdfFOIREQ18-00023 Documents607.33 KB Partial access provided
FOIREQ18/00009 14 February 2018 The substantive response provided by the OAIC to the AGD, and the OAIC’s internal discussions, in response to an invitation to comment on the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Influence) Bill 2017 as it concerns the OAIC’s FOI functions, for the period between 14 November 2017 to 14 January 2018, excluding duplicate emails and repeated material. pdfFOIREQ18-00009 Documents993.72 KB

Partial access provided

FOIREQ18/00007 9 February 2018 Documents referring to action taken by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner as a consequence of the publication, on 2 December 2014, of a report of an own motion investigation titled ‘FOI and the Department of Human Services’. Also, policy documents relating to monitoring and support of an agency’s implementation of recommendations made by the Australian Information Commissioner. pdfFOIREQ18-00007 Documents2.78 MB

Full access provided

OAIC FOI Agency Resource 9 (pages 7-11) was published by the OAIC in September 2011. This document is no longer in use and has been archived on the OAIC website.


FOIREQ18/00006 13 February 2018 The number of FOI complaints and the number of IC review applications received by the OAIC in 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, broken down by the relevant government agency. pdfFOIREQ18-00006 Documents533.13 KB

Full access provided

FOIREQ18/00005 8 February 2018 Parts of the [former] Department of Immigration and Border Protection's confidential submissions in CP16/02006 that contain [the applicant’s] personal information. pdfFOIREQ18-0005 Documents650.36 KB

Full access provided

Information identifying the applicant has been removed from the documents in accordance with s 11C(1)(a) of the FOI Act.


18 January 2018

Request for documents in extension of time decisions RQ17/02510 and RQ17/02513

pdfFOIREQ18-00001 Documents8.45 MB

Full access provided


29 January 2018

Request for documents detailing any costs involved in a privacy determination and subsequent AAT hearing.

pdfFOIREQ17-00073 Document449.12 KB

Full access provided


17 January 2018

Correspondence between the Department of Human Services and the OAIC relating to the alleged online sale of Medicare card details

pdfFOIREQ17-00072 Documents5.81 MB

Partial access provided


12 December 2017

Agency FOI references numbers redacted under s 22 in OAIC FOIREQFOI17/00064 (see last item on Disclosure Log)

pdfFOIREQ17-00068 Reference numbers51.75 KB

Full access provided


8 November 2017

  1. Document compiled from Resolve identifying 3 top agencies by volume for s 15AB applications to the OAIC in FY16/17.
  2. Copies of the last 10 s 15AB applications approved by the OAIC for each of the top 3 requesting agencies for FY16/17.

pdfFOIREQ17-00064 Documents Part 15.54 MB

pdfFOIREQ17-00064 Documents Part 215.59 MB

pdfFOIREQ17-00064 Documents Part 39.56 MB

Full access provided

FOIREQ17/00063 17 November 2017 Written correspondence to and from the OAIC from 4 September to 4 October 2017 which discusses the privacy implications of the government's plans to collect the photos of every licensed Australian driver in a central database. pdfFOIREQ17-00063 Documents1.59 MB Partial access provided
FOIREQ17/00061 3 October 2017 Notices issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner under s 44 of the Privacy Act 1988 to Australian government agencies in the period 1 November 2010 to 31 July 2017. pdfFOIREQ17-00061 Documents1.82 MB Full access provided
FOIREQ17/00051 28 September 2017 Document detailing the precise salary paid to each of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC’s) SES officers in the following financial years - FY2014/15, FY 2015/16 and FY2016/17. pdfFOIREQ17-0005146.34 KB Full access provided
FOIREQ17/00059 27 September 2017 A copy of the Australian Federal Police’s application for an extension of time dated 15 September 2017 pdfFOIREQ17-00059 Document502.72 KB Full access provided
FOIREQ17/00050 25 August 2017

All documents in the possession of the OAIC where the OAIC has explicitly exercised its s 44 Privacy Act powers - not a summary compilation, but the actual document that exercises those powers for the period 1 November 2010 to 31 July 2017.

Names, reference numbers, the applicant, the respondent and any personally identifying information was excluded from the scope of the request.

pdfFOIREQ17-00050 Documents8.87 MB

Full access provided
FOIREQ17/00035 23 June 2017
  1. A breakdown of 2016/17 financial year to date FOI data for the OAIC, as per the Request Numbers and Actions on Request worksheets of the Annual FOI reporting template.
  2. In relation to item 1, rather than recording broad categories of exemptions, a breakdown into the subsection claimed. For example, there are four distinct exemptions within s 47E (certain operations of agencies exemption).
  3. The specific FOI exemptions (as described in item 2) cited in any FOI decision from FY2013/14 thru to and including YTD FY2016/17.

pdfFOIREQ17-00035 FOI Stats 2013–14507.55 KB

pdfFOIREQ17-00035 FOI Stats 2014–15508.46 KB

pdfFOIREQ17-00035 FOI Stats 2015–16508.18 KB

pdfFOIREQ17-00035 FOI Stats 2016–17525.92 KB

Full access provided
FOIREQ17/00037 23 June 2017

A one page summary statistical document detailing the following:

All IC Reviews received about the Department of Defence: X

All of those IC Reviews that were dismissed: X

All of those IC Reviews that were affirmed: X

All of those IC Reviews overturned/varied: X

Where X represents the number involved.

pdfFOIREQ17-00037 Documents71.99 KB Full access provided
FOIREQ17/00038 15 June 2017

A one page summary statistical document detailing the following:

All s 15AB extension applications received by the OAIC (since the OAIC's formation until today): X

All s 15AB extension applications received by the OAIC from Defence (since the OAIC's formation until today): X

How many of those all agency s 15AB applications that were granted by the OAIC: X

How many of those Defence agency s 15AB applications that were granted by the OAIC: X

How many of those all agency s 15AB applications that were refused by the OAIC: X

How many of those Defence agency s 15AB applications that were refused by the OAIC: X

Where X represents the number involved.

pdfFOIREQ17-00038 Documents61.04 KB Full access provided
FOIREQ17/00031 13 June 2017
  1. The number of privacy complaints received between the financial years 2015 and 2017 (so far), against Australian government agencies, in which it is alleged there has been a breach of Australian Privacy Principle 6 (use or disclosure of personal information).
  2. The number of complaints in which it is alleged there has been a breach of Australian Privacy Principle 6 for each Australian government agency in 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 (so far), but not including the agencies against which no privacy complaints were made.

pdfFOIREQ17-00031 Documents970.03 KB

 Full access provided
FOIREQ17/00028 2 June 2017
  1. The diary of the Information Commissioner for this calendar year.
  2. The current case list of (on-foot) FOI reviews.
  3. Documents which provide visibility about how the current FOI review case list is being managed in relation to time allocation / management for Information Commissioner.

NOTE: Material released to the FOI applicant has been deleted from the attached document under s 11C((1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth). 

pdfFOIREQ17-00028 Documents5.63 MB

Partial access provided
FOIREQ17/00026 18 May 2017

Monthly statistical reports, produced in the 2016 calendar year, for routine internal reporting and briefing to senior OAIC management, including any commentary and analysis included in the reports.

pdfFOIREQ17-00026 Monthly reports462.28 KB

Full access provided
FOIREQ17/00025 18 May 2017

A list of all privacy complaints and IC reviews currently open for 360 days or greater, including the case number and the number of days the privacy complaint/IC review has been open.

The number of cases currently awaiting determination (both waiting for approval to proceed and those pending determination decision).

pdfFOIREQ17-00025 Privacy complaints over 360 days132.82 KB

pdfFOIREQ17-00025 IC reviews over 360 days51.91 KB

Full access provided
FOIREQ17/00012 3 April 2017

Request for documents in relation to the changes proposed by the Veteran’s Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2016, in particular:

All copy of notes, minutes and any and all other documents and records in the OAIC’s possession and/or control that relate to this “consultation with the Privacy Commissioner” that DVA and/or the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs or any other Commonwealth official or Minister had with the OAIC (whether directly with the Privacy Commissioner or any staff member of the OAIC).

pdfFOIREQ17-00012 Schedule114.07 KB

pdfFOIREQ17-00012 Documents5.87 MB

Partial access provided
FOIREQ16 00051 23 December 2016 Reports from the OAIC case management system showing:
  1. The age of currently open matters (for IC reviews as at 13/12/16 and privacy at 21/12/16)
  2. The number of days and the outcome of matters closed in each financial year 2013 – 2016 and this financial year up to 21/12/16.

pdfFOIREQ16-00051 Schedule126.92 KB

pdfFOIREQ16-00051 Documents2.52 MB

Partial access provided
FOIREQ16 00046 29 November 2016 Documents held by the OAIC that relate to consultations with the ABS during the development and implementation of the 2016 Census, particularly in relation to the linkages of Census collected information to other external data collections of personal information.

pdfFOIREQ1600046 Schedule131.26 KB

pdfFOIREQ1600046 Documents10.91 MB

Partial access provided
FOIREQ15 00002 19 March 2015 Request for ‘All referrals from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner notifying them of a suspected data breach or other breach under the IPPs or APPs’. pdfFOIREQ15-00002 Decision 74.29 KB

pdfFOIREQ15-00002 Schedule165.63 KB

pdfFOIREQ15-00002 Documents5.89 MB
Partial access provided
FOIREQ14 00049 21 August 2014

Request for certain information about search for documents, provided to OAIC by APRA in an IC review.

pdfFOIREQ 1400049.PDF612.45 KB Full access provided.
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


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


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'.

Enquiries line manual.

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.



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).



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.



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)


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