Reduction in fees for Freedom of Information requests

October 27, 2010 |

From November 1, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will be start operating. The Information Commissioner, supported by the Privacy Commissioner and a new Freedom of Information Commissioner, will be a specialist independent monitor with the ability to review FOI decisions and investigate complaints.

The Federal Govenment announced there would be changes to the fee structure being:

Fee Now From November 1
Application $30 No fee
Search and retrieval $15 an hour No change – $15 an hour
Decision making $20 an hour First five hours free, after that $20 an hour
When FOI request is not responded to within the statutory time limit Normal fees apply No fees
Internal review $40 No fee

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