Accessing information held by the department

You can access information held by the department in the ways outlined below, often at little or no charge.

Our websites

The department publishes a wide range of material on its websites.

Popular information includes:

Information Publication Scheme

A broad range of information about the department, its operations and current consultation processes is available under the department’s Information Publication Scheme.

Disclosure log

Each Australian Government agency is required to maintain a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information released over the past 12 months in response to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. 

Contact us

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, you can contact the department for advice about what information is available and how you can access it.

Make a formal FOI application

Generally, we try to release information we hold without the need for you to make a formal application for access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), unless there are good reasons to require one.

If the information you are seeking is not available on our websites and cannot otherwise be provided on request, you are welcome to submit a formal FOI request using our online form or by visiting Freedom of Information.

Please note: the department has the right to impose a charge for processing FOI requests.