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Review of Freedom of Information laws

Consultation

Closing date

In 2012, Dr Allan Hawke AC was asked to review and report on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010. 

The review looked at the extent to which those Acts and related laws provided an effective framework for access to government information.  It included consultation with relevant stakeholders, and the final report was tabled on 2 August 2013.

Consultation papers

Review of the Freedom of Information Act terms of reference

Consultation
In 2012, the terms of reference for the Review on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 were released.

Submissions

Submissions received for the Review of Freedom of Information laws consultation

Submission
In 2013, the following submissions were received for the Review of freedom of information laws.

Outcomes

Review of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 report

Consultation
On 2 August 2013, the final report on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and the Australian Information Act 2010 (IC Act) was tabled in Parliament.

Freedom of Information (FOI) Better Practice Guide

Guidelines
In 2013, the Better Practice Guide for Commonwealth agencies administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 was published to assist agency officers and Ministerial advisers manage FOI requests efficiently and effectively.