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 FOI mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to contact the department regarding your FOI request.
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives you a legal right to request access to documents held by the government.
Make sure you check documents released from past FOI requests. Do this before you make a new request.
What you can request
You can request access to any document in the possession of:
- us (the department)
- certain agencies, such as portfolio Ministers.
We can refuse access to some documents, or parts of documents that are exempt. Exempt documents may include those relating to national security, documents containing material obtained in confidence and Cabinet documents, or other matters set out in the FOI Act.
How to make a request
You can submit an FOI request to us by either emailing email@example.com or completing our online request form.
All FOI requests must:
• be in writing
• state that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act
• provide information about the document(s) to assist us to process your request
• provide an address for reply
• clearly state which agency your request relates to.
If your request does not clearly identify the relevant agency, we will take it be a request for documents only in the possession of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. If it is unclear, we will seek clarification from you.
You are not required to give us your real name, or any name at all, or provide proof of your identity. We do need this to give you access to:
- your own personal information or documents about your business affairs, or
- information on behalf of another person with their consent.
FOI Request form
Fields marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed before you can submit your request.