Freedom of Information Amendment
1 Sep 2010
The Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Act 2010 was passed through Parliament on 13 May 2010. The reform aims to promote openness in government by allowing access to information for public viewing. The introduction of this reform has brought about changes to the Freedom of Information in relation to the fees and charges incurred.
These changes will take effect from 1 November 2010 and will see the removal of the application fee currently $30.00 and the removal of the internal review fee currently $40.00. No charges will apply to applicants seeking access to their own personal information under the FOI Act; for all other requests, the first hour of decision-making time will be free (except for journalists and not-for-profit community groups where the first five hours of decision making time will be free); and request not decided within the statutory time frame will be processed free of charge.
For further information on details of the FOI reform please refer to Freedom of Information (FOI) Reform on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website.
Last Updated: 15/9/2012