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The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) provides the public with a general right of access to documents held by Australian Government agencies including CSIRO.
The general right is limited by exceptions to protect essential public interests or the privacy or business affairs of those who give information to the agency. In the reporting year to 30 June 2013, CSIRO received 75 requests for information under the FOI Act.
The following information is provided in compliance with section 8 of the FOI Act:
Part V of the FOI Act confers a right to request CSIRO to amend a document to which lawful access has been granted, where the applicant claims that information in the document:
In the reporting year to 30 June 2013, CSIRO received no requests for amendments of personal information under the FOI Act.
CSIRO is required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). This requirement is in Part II of the FOI Act and has replaced the former requirement to publish a section 8 statement in an annual report.
CSIRO displays on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the IPS requirements.
CSIRO maintains an archives collection which includes records dating from the establishment in 1926 of the Council for Science and Industrial Research, the predecessor of CSIRO. Certain CSIRO records are held by Australian Archives.
Disposal arrangements for CSIRO records are made in accordance with the provisions of the Archives Act 1983. Access to records over 20 years old is provided in accordance with that Act.
The Privacy Act 1988 provides for Information Privacy Principles and National Privacy Principles. During 2012–13, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner did not undertake any investigations under section 36 of the Privacy Act 1988 in relation to CSIRO.
The Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (ADJR Act) enables a person aggrieved by certain classes of administrative decisions made by Australian Government agencies, including CSIRO, to obtain reasons for or to challenge those decisions. During 2012–13, CSIRO received no challenges or requests for statements of reasons under the ADJR Act.
All enquiries under the above legislation (including FOI requests) should be directed to:
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Last updated: Last updated: 27 May 2015
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