Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2016 (the Act) aims to encourage a pro-disclosure bias and discretions given under it be exercised as far as possible in favour of disclosing government information.
The purpose of the Act is to:
- provide a right of access to government information unless access to the information would, on balance, be contrary to the public interest;
- recognise the importance of public access to government information for the proper working of representative democracy;
- enable the public to participate more effectively in government processes and to promote improved decision-making within government;
- make the people and bodies that are responsible for governing the Territory more accountable to the public;
- ensure that, to the fullest extent possible, government information is freely and publicly available to everyone;
- facilitate and promote, promptly and at the lowest reasonable cost, the disclosure of the maximum amount of government information; and
- ensure that personal information held by the Territory is accurate, complete, up-to-date and not misleading.
The new Act aims to strengthen the community’s right to access government-held information unless, on balance, releasing the information would be contrary to the public interest.
Searching for information
Before submitting an access application, have a look at the Open Access Website to see if what you are looking for is already available.
Please note you cannot obtain Health Records under the FOI Act. Health records should be requested under the ACT Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997.
For more information on how you can obtain these documents download the documents below.
Should you require a publication that is not available on the ACT Health website, you may request a copy from the FOI Coordinator by emailing HealthFOI@act.gov.au
Call the ACT Health Freedom of Information Coordinator on (02) 6205 1340 or make an appointment to discuss your request.