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Review of charges under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 consultation information

October 2011

Submissions to this consultation closed in December 2011.

Report released following the consultation

A report was issued on 27 March 2012 titled 'Review of charges under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 – Report to the Attorney-General (February 2012)'pdfPDF 1.06 MBrtfRTF13.6 MB

An invitation to provide feedback on the report's recommendations, the review more broadly and the wider issue of charges under the FOI Act was included in the Information Commissioner's blog on the release of the report.


In October 2011 the Australian Information Commissioner was asked to review charges under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

As part of the review, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released a discussion paper:

Review of charges under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 Discussion Paper (pdfPDF1.19 MB)

The discussion paper set out:

  • the scope of the review
  • the background to the charging framework
  • the current charging regime under the FOI Act
  • a snapshot of the estimated costs of processing FOI requests and fees and charges collected
  • an overview of charging practices in other Australian and overseas jurisdictions.

The discussion paper also included a list of questions to further explore the issues surrounding the role of charges under the FOI Act. Submissions on the matters raised in this discussion paper were requested by 21 November 2011.

The OAIC held consultation sessions during November 2011:

Submissions received

The following submissions were received in response to the OAIC's review of charges under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The submissions are presented as received by the OAIC. If you have any difficulty accessing the submissions, please contact us.

  1. pdfFederal Court of Australia657.92 KB
  2. rtfGreenpeace Australia Pacific41.65 KB
  3. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency html
  4. pdfPublic Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)527.27 KB
  5. pdfAustralian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)295.08 KB
  6. rtfDepartment of Finance and Deregulation130.9 KB
  7. rtfThe Treasury171.43 KB
  8. pdfDepartment of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations2.12 MB
  9. pdfDepartment of Resources, Energy and Tourism625.11 KB
  10. pdfIP Australia33.09 KB
  11. rtfCSIRO281.58 KB
  12. pdfNBN Co445.13 KB
  13. pdfDepartment of Defence372.18 KB
  14. rtfDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade1015.3 KB
  15. rtfDepartment of Prime Minister and Cabinet1018.45 KB
  16. rtfMegan Carter, Director Information Consultants Pty Ltd107.49 KB
  17. rtfNational Welfare Rights Network1.15 MB
  18. rtfDepartment of Human Services132.26 KB
  19. pdfCentral Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service Inc2.15 MB
  20. pdfDepartment of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry421.47 KB
  21. pdfDepartment of Health and Ageing605.21 KB
  22. pdfDigital Global Mail483.95 KB
  23. Confidential