COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update – Impact on Freedom of Information Requests
The department is actively processing FOI requests and is aiming to finalise all requests as quickly as possible. However, the department is experiencing a significant call on resources to manage Australia’s response. This is having an impact on the department’s ability to process requests.
During this time, we may require additional time to process your request and seek your agreement to an extension of time, or seek this agreement from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. We encourage all applicants to use self-service or administrative access schemes (obtaining information outside of the FOI Act) on our website to access information where possible.
Please send an email to the appropriate FOI mailbox (email@example.com for Agriculture and Water portfolio requests and firstname.lastname@example.org for Environment portfolio requests) if you would like to contact the department regarding your FOI request.
Access your documents
Some information is available to you without an FOI request. For example, documents containing your personal information.
Contact us to request a copy of your documents.
Publicly available documents
Before you make an FOI request, check what is already publicly available. Check what we publish:
- Information Publication Scheme
- FOI disclosure logs at agriculture.gov.au and environment.gov.au
- corporate information on this website
- any other information at agriculture.gov.au and environment.gov.au
Make an FOI request
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives you a legal right to request access to material held by the government.
Our department was established on 1 February 2020. Before this, we were the:
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of the Environment and Energy (Environment portfolio)
Visit the relevant website to access FOI logs and make a request.
You can also browse the old website in the NLA archive. See past Agriculture web pages.
You can also browse the old website in the NLA archive. See past Environment web pages.