How to make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request
To request information or access documents held by an agency your request must be ‘valid’. To be valid, your FOI request must:
- be in writing;
- clearly describe the documents you are requesting access to; and
- include the application fee or evidence that you qualify to have the application fee waived. The current application fee is $28.40
Submitting your request online
Some agencies allow you to make your FOI request and pay the application fee online. For a list of agencies which accept online applications and more information click here. If an agency does not accept online applications you should submit your request by email or post.
Submitting your request by email or post
To find the contact details of the agency you want to make an FOI request to you can search our agency database.
Agencies do not have to process your request until you have provided all required information and paid the application fee (unless you are eligible to have the fee waived).
If you are submitting your FOI request by post and you do not qualify to have the application fee waived, you will need to contact the agency to discuss payment options.
If the requested documents are about your personal affairs, you should provide evidence of your identity (e.g. a photocopy or electronic copy of your current drivers licence).
A standard FOI request form can be found below: