The AAT has two roles under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

  • We can conduct an independent review of some decisions made under the FOI Act.
  • We also are also an agency that must comply with the FOI Act, including giving access to documents and information that we hold at the AAT.

This part of our website is about the review of decisions made under the FOI Act.

If you want to access documents that we hold at the AAT, you should first make an FOI request or look at our information on access to information and documents in AAT cases.


What we can review

We can review a decision made under the FOI Act by an agency or Minister, if the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has:

  • completed a review of the FOI decision
  • decided not to undertake or continue a review because the OAIC thinks it should be considered by the AAT.

An application can be made by any person whose interests are affected by the decision , including the agency or Minister who made the FOI decision.

The decision letter should tell you if we can review the decision or you can check the List of reviewable decisions.