Accessing government-held information in Australia
Our governments run on information, collecting and creating data and documents about government policies, services and decision making and using and storing our personal information.
Across Australia, we all have a right to access government information.
It may be freely available through government websites or reports or shared informally or securely through online portals and apps.
In some cases, you may need to make a formal request for documents.
Getting timely access to information can help you make better informed decisions about things that affect you.
Access to information also encourages better decision making across government making it more transparent, open and accountable, and helping participation and trust grow and thrive.
Your right to access information is protected by law and overseen by information commissioners and ombudsmen across Australia.
Visit our website to learn more about your information access rights.