The FOI Act

Individuals have the right to access documents from Australian Government ministers and most Australian Government agencies under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). 

The FOI Act also applies to Norfolk Island public sector agencies and official documents of Norfolk Island ministers.

Most freedom of information (FOI) requests involve people seeking access to documents containing their personal information. Individuals can also request access to documents containing other information, such as information about government policies, programs and decision-making processes.