Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives you the right to request access to government-held information. This includes information they hold about you or about government policies and decisions.
What you can access under FOI
You can request access to a document held by an Australia Government agency or minister, such as:
- a document that contains your personal information
- a policy-making document
- an administrative decision-making document.
You can also ask an agency or minister to amend or annotate the personal information they hold about you.
What you can’t access under FOI
You can’t access a document an Australian Government agency or minister holds that is:
- exempt under the FOI Act
- conditionally exempt under the FOI Act
- accessible to the public under other arrangements for a fee.
You can’t access a document held by an agency exempt from the FOI Act.
Publicly available documents
Before you make an FOI request, check what information is already publicly available. A range of information is regularly published on our website and the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
Visit our website for a range of publicly available information which includes:
- details of our organisational structure
- details of our functions
- details of statutory appointments
- annual reports
- information we routinely provide to Parliament
- contact details for an officer who can be contacted about access to the agency’s information or documents under the FOI Act.
Making an FOI request
Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org OR send your request to:
Grains Research & Development Corporation
PO Box 5637
KINGSTON ACT 2604
Your FOI request must:
- be in writing, and
- state that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act, and
- state the document(s) you want, giving enough detail to help the agency or Minister to identify the document(s), and,
- provide an address or email address where the agency or Minister can send the requested document(s).
Fees and Charges
There is no charge where an individual is seeking their own personal information.
We will calculate the charge based on the amount of work needed to process your request. Charges are set by regulation (Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 2019) and may include:
|Search and retrieval||$15 per hour|
|Decision-making||$20 per hour (first 5 hours are free)|
|Delivery||Cost of postage or delivery|
|Photocopying||10 cents a page|
|Supervised inspection||$6.25 per half hour|
|Transcript||$4.40 per page|
An invoice for the charge will be provided upon request.
There is no charge for making:
- a request to an agency or minister for access to a document under Part III of the FOI Act
- an application for amendment or annotation of a personal record under Part V of the FOI Act
- an application for internal review of a decision under Part VI of the FOI Act
- an application for review by the Information Commissioner under Part VII of the FOI Act
- a complaint to the Information Commissioner under Part VIIB of the FOI Act. This may include cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you. We will try to meet all reasonable requests for an alternative format of the document in a timely manner and at the lowest reasonable cost to you.
Timeframes for FOI requests
Upon receiving an FOI request, we will endeavour to:
- notify you that the request has been received within 14 days of receipt
- notify you of a decision on the request within 30 days of receipt (including a decision under section 21 to defer the provision of access to a document, if applicable).
Further information about FOI can be found on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website.
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