Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (the FOI Act) gives the Australian community access to information held by the Australian Government, limited only by specific exemptions and exceptions set out in the FOI Act.
The FOI Act aims to achieve this objective by:
The FOI Act gives any person the right to:
We can refuse access to some documents, or parts of documents that are exempt. Exempt documents may include those relating to national security, documents containing material obtained in confidence and Cabinet documents, or other matters set out in the FOI Act.
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Applications for access to documents must:
Applications to the agency may be sent in one of the following ways:
Via email to the following address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Via pre-paid post:FOI Contact OfficerLegal Services and GovernanceClean Energy Regulator
GPO Box 621
CANBERRA ACT 2601
There is no application fee for an FOI request and there are no processing charges for requests for access to documents containing only personal information about you.
However, processing charges may apply to other requests. The most common charges are:
First five hours: Nil
Subsequent hours: $20 per hour
You can ask for the following decisions to be reviewed:
A third party who disagrees with our decision to give you documents that contain information about them can also ask for our decision to be reviewed.
You can request in writing that we reconsider our decision through an internal review. An internal review will be conducted by another decision maker in the Clean Energy Regulator. We will advise you of our new decision within 30 days of receiving your request.
You can ask the Australian Information Commissioner to review our original decision or our decision on internal review within 60 days of the date of decision (or 30 days after you are notified if you are an affected third party). The Australian Information Commissioner can affirm or vary the decision or substitute a new decision. The Australian Information Commissioner may decide not to conduct a review in certain circumstances. More information is available at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website at
If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request, you can complain to the Australian Information Commissioner who may investigate our actions. More information is available on the OAIC website at
If you require more information, please contact a member of the FOI Team by email:
Details about documents we have released under the FOI Act can be viewed at our
FOI disclosure log.
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