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In Australia, the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) is intended to promote democracy by increasing scrutiny and review of government activities and public participation in government processes.

The AAT is committed to promoting and facilitating access to information held by it in accordance with the FOI Act.

The AAT regularly responds to requests made to us under the FOI Act for documents we hold. The majority of these requests are made by review applicants and their representatives for documents about their own cases before the AAT.

The FOI Act gives a person the right to:

The FOI Act gives a person the right to:

  • ‚Äčaccess copies of documents we hold, except exempt documents
  • ask for personal information we hold about the person to be changed or annotated if it is incomplete, out of date, incorrect or misleading
  • seek a review of our decision not to allow the person access to a document or not to amend a personal record.

To lodge an FOI request with the AAT, you can complete our online FOI request form or send the standard FOI request form to one of our registries.

There are no fees or charges when you lodge an FOI request for your information. Charges may apply if a request is made for information other than your own personal information. If charges are going to be imposed on your FOI request, you will be given written notice about this.