Name of law: Freedom of Information Act First adopted: 1982 Last modified: 2019-03 RTI Rating last updated: n/a


Australia's right to information law is problematic on several fronts. While everyone has the right to file requests, the law only applies to a limited set of public authorities. The law excludes Governor General and the legislature, and only applies to the judiciary in a limited way. Several other agencies are excluded, including intelligence agencies and defence agencies, the Auditor General, the Government Solicitor, the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council, and the Aboriginal Land Councils and Land Trusts. The Act also has several exceptions which are not harm tested, provides for a very weak public interest override and allows other legislation to add to the regime of exceptions.

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