The The right of any person to access documents held by government agencies, except documents excluded by legislation. A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 1982 (Cth) (‘Freedom of Information Act’) gives the right of access to official documents of Commonwealth departments and authorities.
The Procedures Advice Manual and all Policy Control Instructions used by Home Affairs are available at Home Affairs’ offices. They may be examined free of (1) A statement giving the details of a crime an accused person is claimed to have committed. (2) A personal property security. (3) A judge’s directions to a jury at the end of a case., or copies of the required pages may be purchased. Documents held by Home Affairs on a particular file, or general files or any other identifiable document, may be requested.
To request documents, write to Home Affairs’ Freedom of Information Unit, stating that the request is made under the Freedom of Information Act (for further details, see ‘Contacts’ at the end of the chapter). Home Affairs is required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that a decision is made upon the request as soon as possible, and no later than 30 days after it was received. If it is felt that information so obtained is inaccurate or otherwise may mislead Home Affairs in its actions, a request may be made to change the record. A form is available from Home Affairs for this purpose. Currently, Home Affairs charges no fee for personal files.
Freedom of information appeals
If you are dissatisfied with Home Affairs’ decision on your freedom of information request, you may seek an internal review, which means that the request is looked at again by a more senior officer of Home Affairs who was not involved in the original decision. The officer may reverse, alter or confirm the original decision. An internal review form is available from Home Affairs. If you wish to have a decision reviewed in this manner, you need to ask for an internal review within 28 days of receiving a reply to your original request and in turn you must be given a new decision within 14 days.
If you are dissatisfied with the internal review, you may seek an independent review by AAT (for more information, see Chapter 12.2: Appealing government and administrative decisions). The Commonwealth A public official appointed to investigate citizens’ complaints against government departments and statutory authorities. A specialised ombudsman resolves consumer complaints in a particular industry, for example the banking ombudsman for the banking industry. See also statutory authority. may also investigate complaints about Home Affairs’ actions in handling freedom of information requests (see Chapter 12.3: Taking a problem to an ombudsman).