Publication date: 1 July 2020

This consultation is closed. The deadline for submissions was 23 July 2020.


Under s 93A of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) the Australian Information Commissioner has power to issue written guidelines for the purposes of the FOI Act. Australian Government agencies and ministers are required to have regard to any guidelines issued by the Information Commissioner when performing a function or exercising a power under the FOI Act.

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Purpose of consultation

The OAIC seeks comment from interested stakeholders on the content, guidance, readability and accessibility of the updated Part 9 of the FOI Guidelines.

The OAIC also proposes to develop agency resources to accompany the revised Part 9. We welcome your suggestions for additional resources that you think will assist in undertaking internal reviews.

How to provide comments

Submissions can be made by:
PostGPO Box 5218
Sydney NSW 2001

The closing date for comments is 23 July 2020.

Privacy collection statement

The OAIC will only use the personal information it collects during this consultation for the purpose of reviewing Part 9 of the FOI Guidelines (Internal agency review of decisions).