What is Freedom Of Information?
Freedom of Information (FOI) extends the right of every person to access information in the possession of the Australian Government and its authorities. It is limited only by exemptions necessary to protect essential public interests and private and business affairs of those about whom government agencies collect and hold information.
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) affects agencies in two ways:
§ it requires Commonwealth agencies (Departments and authorities) to publish information about their operations and powers affecting members of the public as well as their manuals and other documents used in making decisions and recommendations affecting the public.
§ it requires agencies to provide access to documents in their possession unless the document is within an exception or exemption specified in the legislation.
Information about the types of documents the ABS holds is available in the ABS Annual Report.
Making a Request
Information on how to make a request
This provides links to information that has been given in response to Freedom of Information requests made
Information Publication Scheme
This provides a broad range of information that is required to be published under Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 1982