Freedom of Information Act 1982




This section applies to information if an agency or Minister gives a person access to a document under section 11A containing the information, except in the case of any of the following:

(a) personal information about any person, if it would be unreasonable to publish the information;

(b) information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person, if it would be unreasonable to publish the information;

(c) other information of a kind determined by the Information Commissioner under subsection (2), if it would be unreasonable to publish the information;

(d) any information, if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information under this section because of the extent of any modifications to a document (or documents) necessary to delete information mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c).

The Information Commissioner may, by legislative instrument, make a determination for the purposes of paragraph (1)(c).


The agency, or the Minister, must publish the information to members of the public generally on a website by:

(a) making the information available for downloading from the website; or

(b) publishing on the website a link to another website, from which the information can be downloaded; or

(c) publishing on the website other details of how the information may be obtained.

The agency may impose a charge on a person for accessing the information only if:

(a) the person does not directly access the information by downloading it from the website (or another website); and

(b) the charge is to reimburse the agency for a specific reproduction cost, or other specific incidental costs, incurred in giving the person access to that particular information.

If there is a charge for accessing the information, the agency or Minister must publish details of the charge in the same way as the information is published under this section.

Time limit for publication

The agency or Minister must comply with this section within 10 working days after the day the person is given access to the document.

In this section:

working day
means a day that is not:

(a) a Saturday; or

(b) a Sunday; or

(c) a public holiday in the place where the function of publishing the information under this section is to be performed.


Disclaimer and notice of copyright applicable to materials provided by CCH Australia Limited

CCH Australia Limited ("CCH") believes that all information which it has provided in this site is accurate and reliable, but gives no warranty of accuracy or reliability of such information to the reader or any third party. The information provided by CCH is not legal or professional advice. To the extent permitted by law, no responsibility for damages or loss arising in any way out of or in connection with or incidental to any errors or omissions in any information provided is accepted by CCH or by persons involved in the preparation and provision of the information, whether arising from negligence or otherwise, from the use of or results obtained from information supplied by CCH.

The information provided by CCH includes history notes and other value-added features which are subject to CCH copyright. No CCH material may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, except that you may download one copy for your personal use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. In particular, the reproduction of any part of the information for sale or incorporation in any product intended for sale is prohibited without CCH's prior consent.