The Office of the Information Commissioner can be contacted in a number of ways:
(+61 8) 6551-7889
Office of the Information Commissioner
Albert Facey House
469 Wellington Street
PERTH WA 6000 (Entry of Forrest Place)
Freedom of information (FOI) legislation applies to all Australian government agencies, including the Commonwealth and State governments, local government authorities and universities.
The Freedom of Information Act 1992 (FOI Act) allows individuals to make an application for access to documents created or held by UWA, or to amend personal information that is contained in UWA documents.
The object of the FOI Act is to:
UWA administers the Act by:
This right of access is subject to certain restrictions where there are matters of public or private concern which need to be protected.
You should also pay attention to:
The Office of the Information Commissioner is established by the FOI Act. The Information Commissioner reports directly to Parliament and has responsibility for conducting independent reviews of decisions made by agencies under the FOI Act. Other functions of the Information Commissioner include:
Further FOI information is available from the Information Commissioner.
Individuals can make an application under the FOI Act to:
A document will be a ‘document of UWA’ if:
This includes documents that are held by UWA but were created by, or received from, another person or body – for instance, another university or government agency. In some circumstances UWA may transfer an FOI application to another agency for processing.
Many different types of records are considered to be ‘documents’ under the FOI Act, including:
UWA embraces the principle of ‘openness’ and seeks to provide maximum access to its records. Therefore, a formal application under the FOI Act is only required if you encounter difficulties in obtaining access to the document(s) you seek.
In general, UWA will meet reasonable requests for access to information, or for amendment of information, without the need for an FOI application. Reference to the University's policy on Records Management and Privacy, may assist in determining if a document is readily available or not.
Access procedures under the FOI Act (Section 6) do not apply to documents that are:
The FOI Act is not intended to prevent or discourage agencies from giving access to documents or amending personal information outside the FOI process, where it is appropriate to do so.