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The Australian National University

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 is Commonwealth legislation that allows the general public to seek access to information held by any Commonwealth agency or authority.

The Australian National University is a Commonwealth authority and subject to the Act.

The Act was amended in 2010 with the objective of making it easier to access information held by Commonwealth agencies or authorities. It aims to do this through:

  • A "pro-disclosure" culture (favouring release of information); and

  • The abolition of application fees and reducing processing fees.

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

The Australian Information Commissioner was established to oversee the governance of the Act and review decisions made by Commonwealth agencies and authorities. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner aims to assist those subject to the Act and the general public through promotion and awareness of the Act via education and training.

Updated:  7 August 2013/Responsible Officer:  University Librarian /Page Contact:  FOI Officer