Freedom of information
The Freedom of Information Act 1992 gives every person the right to seek access to documents held by government agencies. Documents may comprise written material, diaries, emails, plans and drawings, photographs, tape recording, films, videotapes or any information stored in electronic format.
The department aims to make information available promptly and at the least possible cost. Whenever possible, documents will be provided outside the freedom of information (FOI) process. We are, however, mindful of our obligations including, but not limited to, issues of confidentiality and the rights of third parties in relation to personal and business and commercial information.
Freedom of information lodgement
A freedom of information request for access to documents must be in writing and give sufficient information to enable the requested documents to be found.
It must also be accompanied by a $30 application fee. Requests should be for specific documents rather than being too broad.
Other fees and charges may also be incurred, however we will provide an estimate of costs if other charges are likely to apply.
A Freedom of Information Application Form is available. It provides relevant information and contact details for lodgement.
Once received by the Department of Water, freedom of information applications will be acknowledged in writing and the applicant will be notified of a decision within the 45 day statutory time frame, unless an agreement is made to process an individual request outside of this time line.
For more information about access to various documents held by this department, please refer to the department's Information Statement 2012 is available here.
General FOI information is also available by accessing the Office of Information Commissioner's website.
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