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How can I apply for internal review of a Freedom of Information decision?

If an agency makes an FOI decision that you disagree with, you can ask the agency to review its decision. You must apply within 30 days of being notified of the decision, unless the agency extended the application time. You should contact the agency if you wish to seek an extension. Internal review is not available if a minister or the chief officer of the agency made the decision personally. For full details see FOI fact sheet 12: Your review rights.

Is there a fee for applying for an internal review?

No. There is no application fee.

Can I go straight to the Information Commissioner?

Yes. You may apply directly to the Information Commissioner without first asking for internal review. However, the internal review process gives the agency the opportunity to reconsider its initial decision, and you may get what you need more quickly than in an external review process. For full details see FOI fact sheet 12: Your review rights.