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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 (the FOI Act) provides members of the public a legally enforceable right of access (subject to certain restrictions) to documents held by government.

The purpose of the FOI Act is to promote openness in government and accountability of Ministers of the Crown and other government agencies and thereby to enhance respect for the law and further the good government of the State; and to facilitate more effective participation by members of the public in the processes involved in the making and administration of laws and policies.

DEWNR fully supports the objectives and spirit of the FOI Act and is active in its endeavors to continually improve records management practices.

The FOI Act allows members of the public to:

  • request access to documents held by DEWNR or the Minister
  • request the amendment of documents that contain personal information about the applicant which is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading

A comprehensive introduction to freedom of information can be found on the State Records website.

Information in relation to the documents held by DEWNR is available in DEWNR's Freedom of Information Statement.

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