What is the Freedom of Information Act 1982 Cth?

What is the Freedom of Information Act 1982 Cth?

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives you a general right of access to information held by us and other Commonwealth agencies (departments and authorities). Under the FOI Act, you have a legal right (subject to some exceptions) to see documents we hold and get copies of those documents.

Who signed the Freedom of Information Act?

President Ronald Reagan signed the bill on October 27, and the law went into effect immediately. In 1996 President Bill Clinton signed into law the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments, which instructed agencies to put as much of their public information on the World Wide Web as possible.

Who can make a freedom of information request?

The aim of the Freedom of Information Act is to make information available to the general public. You can only obtain information that would be given to anybody who asked for it, or would be suitable for the general public to see.

Are freedom of information requests published?

As well as responding to requests for information, you must publish information proactively. The Freedom of Information Act requires every public authority to have a publication scheme, approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and to publish information covered by the scheme.

How do you do FOI?

If the information you want is not publicly available, you can submit a FOIA request to the agency’s FOIA Office. The request simply must be in writing and reasonably describe the records you seek. Most federal agencies now accept FOIA requests electronically, including by web form, e-mail or fax.

When was the FOIA created?

Enacted in 1966, and taking effect on July 5, 1967, the Freedom of Information Act provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one …

When did FOIA pass?

Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.

Can I make a Freedom of Information request to my employer?

You can write to your employer, asking for a copy of the personal information held about you, provided this is held either on a computerised system, or is held on paper and is organised into a ‘relevant filing system’ (in other words, is held in a structured filing system, so that the information about you is easily …