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Appendix 4 — Agencies subject to the FOI Act as at 30 June 2012

Australian Government ministers, and bodies that meet the definition of ‘agency’ in s 4(1), are subject to the FOI Act. Table A4.1 below indicates which bodies are covered by the Act, and which are excluded. Some agencies, such as courts, are subject to the Act but only in relation to a limited class of documents.

This appendix lists Australian government agencies, parliamentary departments, ministers and parliamentary secretaries by portfolio. From 1 January 2011, the FOI Act has applied to Norfolk Island ministers and authorities; individual ministers and authorities are not listed in this appendix.

The list in this appendix is based upon information provided by agencies, and is not authoritative.

Table A4.1 Agencies covered by the FOI Act and those that are excluded
FOI Act agenciesExceptions
Departments of State
All Departments of State (eg the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Health and Ageing) are subject to the FOI Act.
Bodies established by the Commonwealth for a public purpose
Bodies set up for a public purpose under legislation, or by an Order in Council, are subject to the FOI Act.
General exceptions are set out in s 4 of the FOI Act and include:
  • incorporated companies or associations (except NBN Co and prescribed entities)
  • Royal Commissions
  • commissions of inquiry within the meaning of the Quarantine Act 1908 or the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
  • the legislature of the NT, ACT or Norfolk Island.
  • Section 7 also excludes the bodies specified in Part I of Schedule 2 to the Act.
Holders of an office established for a public purpose
Holders of an office established under an enactment or an Order in Council are subject to the FOI Act.

The following exceptions are set out in s 4(3):

  • members of the legislature of the NT, ACT or Norfolk Island
  • ministers of the NT or ACT or Administrator or Deputy Administrator of Norfolk Island.
  • a holder of an office established under s 12 of the Norfolk Island Act 1979
  • an office performing duties as part of employment by a department or a prescribed authority
  • an office excluded by Regulations
  • an office of a member of a body
  • an office established for the purposes of a prescribed authority.
Courts are deemed to be prescribed authorities, and subject to the FOI Act in respect of administrative matters.
Prescribed bodies
These bodies are listed in Schedule 1 to the Freedom of Information (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1982. At 30 June 2012 the only body listed under the regulations was Aboriginal Hostels Limited.
Prescribed office holder
At 30 June 2012 there were no prescribed office holders.
National Broadband Network (NBN Co)
NBN Co is listed in paragraph (aa) of the definition of prescribed authority in s 4(1) of the FOI Act.

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Administration of Norfolk Island

  • Administration of Norfolk Island

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

  • Australian Fisheries Management Authority
  • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
  • Cotton Research and Development Corporation
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation
  • Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation
  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • National Rural Advisory Council
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
  • Sugar Research and Development Corporation
  • Wheat Exports Australia
  • Wine Australia Corporation


  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Administrative Review Council
  • Admiralty Rules Committee
  • Attorney-General
  • Attorney-General’s Department
  • Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity
  • Australian Crime Commission
  • Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Australian Law Reform Commission
  • Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre
  • Classification Board
  • Classification Review Board
  • Copyright Tribunal of Australia
  • Criminology Research Council
  • CrimTrac
  • Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal
  • Family Court of Australia
  • Family Law Council
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Federal Magistrates Court
  • High Court of Australia
  • Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia
  • Minister Assisting on Queensland Floods Recovery
  • Minister for Emergency Management
  • Minister for Home Affairs
  • Minister for Justice
  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
  • Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Office of Parliamentary Counsel
  • Solicitor-General

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Australian Communications and Media Authority
  • Australian Postal Corporation
  • Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity
  • Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
  • NBN Co Limited
  • Special Broadcasting Service Corporation

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

  • Clean Energy Regulator
  • Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
  • Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency


  • Australian Defence Force Academy Consultative Council
  • Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Australian Military Forces Relief Trust Fund
  • Defence Families of Australia
  • Defence Housing Australia
  • Defence Reserves Support Council
  • Department of Defence
  • Frontline Defence Services
  • Minister for Defence
  • Minister for Defence Materiel
  • Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
  • Royal Australian Air Force Veterans Residences Trust Fund
  • Royal Australian Air Force Welfare Trust Fund
  • Royal Australian Navy Central Canteens Board
  • Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

  • Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
  • Australian National University
  • Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Corporation
  • Comcare
  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Fair Work Australia
  • Fair Work Building and Construction
  • Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare
  • Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
  • Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth
  • Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations
  • Safe Work Australia
  • Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
  • Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Seacare) Authority
  • The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

  • Aboriginal Benefit Account Advisory Committee
  • Aboriginal Hostels Limited
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency
  • Indigenous Business Australia
  • Indigenous Land Corporation
  • Minister for Community Services
  • Minister for Disability Reform
  • Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • Minister for Homelessness
  • Minister for Housing
  • Minister for the Status of Women
  • Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers
  • Social Security Appeals Tribunal
  • Torres Strait Regional Authority

Finance and Deregulation

  • Albury-Wodonga Corporation
  • Australasian Procurement and Construction Council Inc
  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • Australian Political Exchange Council
  • Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation
  • ComSuper
  • Department of Finance and Deregulation
  • Future Fund Management Agency
  • Minister Assisting for Deregulation
  • Minister for Finance and Deregulation
  • Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust
  • Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board
  • Special Minister of State

Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • Australian Agency for International Development
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • Australian Trade Commission
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Minister for Trade and Competitiveness
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Trade

Health and Ageing

  • Advisory Committee on Biologicals
  • Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling
  • Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines
  • Advisory Committee on Medical Devices
  • Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling
  • Advisory Committee on Non-prescription Medicines
  • Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines
  • Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medical Devices
  • Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines
  • Aged Care Commissioner
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare Board
  • Australian Community Pharmacy Authority
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • Australian National Preventative Health Agency
  • Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority
  • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
  • Cancer Australia
  • Complaints Resolution Panel (Therapeutic good advertising)
  • Department of Health and Ageing
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand
  • Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee
  • Gene Technology Ministerial Council
  • Gene Technology Regulator
  • Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee
  • Health and Hospitals Fund Advisory Board
  • Health Workforce Australia
  • Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
  • Independent Review PBS Cost Recovery Committee
  • Medical Training Review Panel
  • Medicare Participation Review Committee
  • Minister for Health
  • Minister for Indigenous Health
  • Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
  • National Blood Authority
  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • National Health Performance Agency
  • National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing
  • Pathology Services Table Committee
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration Tribunal
  • Private Health Insurance Administration Council
  • Private Health Insurance Ombudsman
  • Professional Services Review
  • Prostheses Services Review
  • Second Review Dental Benefits Act 2008 Committee
  • Therapeutic Goods Advertising Codes Council
  • Therapeutic Goods Committee

Human Services

  • Australian Hearing
  • Department of Human Services
  • Minister for Human Services

Immigration and Citizenship

  • Department of Immigration and Citizenship
  • Migration Review Tribunal
  • Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
  • Minister for Multicultural Affairs
  • Refugee Review Tribunal

Industry, Innovation, Research, Science and Tertiary Education

  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Australian Research Council
  • Australian Skills Quality Authority
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • Committees established under Tradesmen’s Rights Regulation Act 1946
  • Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
  • Designs Office
  • Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation
  • Minister for Industry and Innovation
  • Minister for Small Business
  • Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation
  • Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Patent Office
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee
  • Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys
  • Skills Australia Board
  • The Contributions Review Panel
  • The Education Investment Fund Advisory Board
  • Trade Marks Office

Infrastructure and Transport

  • Airservices Australia
  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Department of Infrastructure and Transport
  • Infrastructure Australia
  • International Air Services Commission
  • Marine Council
  • Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
  • National Transport Commission
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport

Parliament of Australia

  • Department of Parliamentary Services
  • Department of the House of Representatives
  • Department of the Senate

Prime Minister and Cabinet

  • Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Cabinet Secretary
  • Commonwealth Ombudsman
  • Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Merit Protection Commissioner
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of ANZAC
  • Minister for the Public Service and Integrity
  • Minister for Social Inclusion
  • Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
  • Prime Minister
  • Remuneration Tribunal

Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports

  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Australian Film, Television and Radio School
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Department of Regional Australia, Development and Local Government, Arts and Sports
  • Film Certification Advisory Board
  • Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government
  • Minister for Sport
  • Minister for the Arts
  • Museum of Australian Democracy
  • National Archives of Australia
  • National Capital Authority
  • National Film and Sound Archive
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • National Library of Australia
  • National Museum of Australia
  • Public Lending Right Committee
  • Screen Australia
  • Sport and Recreation Ministers’ Council

Resources, Energy and Tourism

  • Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
  • Geoscience Australia
  • Minister for Resources and Energy
  • Minister for Tourism
  • National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority
  • Offshore Minerals Joint Authority
  • Tourism Australia

Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations and Communities

  • Australian Heritage Council
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder
  • Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
  • Director of National Parks
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • National Environment Protection Council
  • National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation
  • National Water Commission
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water
  • Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
  • Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Regulator


  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Auditing and Assurance Standards Board
  • Australian Accounting Standards Board
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Australian Competition Tribunal
  • Australian Energy Regulator
  • Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority
  • Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation
  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission
  • Australian Statistics Advisory Council
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Commonwealth Grants Commission
  • Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board
  • Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Financial Reporting Council
  • Financial Reporting Panel
  • Inspector-General of Taxation
  • Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation
  • National Competition Council
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer
  • Productivity Commission
  • Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Superannuation Complaints Tribunal
  • Takeovers Panel
  • Tax Practitioners Board
  • Treasurer

Veterans’ Affairs

  • Australian War Memorial
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
  • Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
  • Repatriation Commission
  • Repatriation Medical Authority
  • Specialist Medical Review Council
  • Veterans’ Review Board

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