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    Introduction to FOI   

    The object of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (the FOI Act) is to give the Australian community access to information held by the Australian Government. The FOI Act aims to achieve this objective by: 

    • requiring agencies to publish certain information on a website 
    • providing a right of access to documents. 

    The Sport Integrity Australia FOI Disclosure Log contains documents that can be downloaded. If the documents are in a format you cannot access, you can contact Sport Integrity Australia to discuss alternative access arrangements. 

    Post: 

    FOI Contact Officer 
    Legal Services 
    Sport Integrity Australia 
    PO Box 1744 
    FYSHWICK ACT 2609 
    AUSTRALIA 

    Email: foi@sportintegrity.gov.au 

    Right of access under the FOI Act   

    The FOI Act gives any person the right to: 

    • access copies of documents (except exempt documents) we hold 
    • ask for information we hold about you to be changed or annotated if it is incomplete, out of date, incorrect or misleading 
    • seek a review of our decision not to allow you access to a document or not to amend your personal record. 

    Exceptions to FOI disclosure   

    All Australian Government agencies are required to publish a list of documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI), within ten working days of the applicant receiving the documents. 

    We can refuse access to some documents, or parts of documents that are exempt. Exempt documents may include those relating to national security, documents containing material obtained in confidence and Cabinet documents, or other matters set out in the FOI Act, such as: 

    • personal information about any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable' 
    • information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable' 
    • other information, covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner, if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable' 
    • any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above points. 

    Making an FOI request   

    Requests to access documents from Sport Integrity Australia must: 

    • be in writing 
    • state that the application is made under the FOI Act 
    • provide enough information concerning the documents sought as is reasonably necessary to enable a responsible officer of the agency to identify them 
    • give details of how notices may be sent to the applicant (for example, a postal or email address). 

    Applications to the agency may be sent in one of the following ways: 

    Via email to the following address: foi@sportintegrity.gov.au 

    Via pre-paid post: You should mail your request to the following address: 
     
    FOI Contact Officer 
    Legal Services 
    Sport Integrity Australia 
    PO Box 1744 
    FYSHWICK ACT 2609  

    Charges   

    There is no fee for making an FOI request. The FOI Act provides that charges may be imposed for processing requests (except where you are seeking documents containing your own personal information). Should your FOI request incur any charges, you will be provided with an estimate of the applicable charges. Your request will not proceed until a response to the estimate is received. 

    We may decide to remit, reduce or not impose processing charges under certain circumstances.

    What happens after your application is submitted?   

    We will acknowledge receipt of your FOI request. If you are liable to pay a processing charge we will send you an assessment of the charge as soon as practicable. 

    Our FOI Contact Officer will deal with the application in accordance with the requirements of the FOI Act and an authorised decision maker will make a decision on access to the documents requested. When we have made a decision about the FOI request, we will send a letter explaining our decision and your review and appeal rights. Sport Integrity Australia will make arrangements for you to be given access to the documents in accordance with the decision letter. 

    If you disagree with our decision   

    You can ask for the following decisions to be reviewed where we: 

    • refuse to give you access to all or part of a document or we defer giving you access 
    • impose a charge 
    • refuse to change or annotate information about you that you claim is incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading. 

    A third party who disagrees with our decision to give you documents that contain information about them can also ask for our decision to be reviewed.

    Internal review   

    You can request in writing that we reconsider our decision through an internal review. An internal review will be conducted by another decision maker in Sport Integrity Australia. We will advise you of our new decision within 30 days of receiving your request. 

    Review by the Information Commissioner  

    You can ask the Australian Information Commissioner to review our original decision or our decision on internal review within 60 days of the date of decision (or 30 days after you are notified if you are an affected third party). 

    The Australian Information Commissioner can affirm or vary the decision or substitute a new decision. The Australian Information Commissioner may decide not to conduct a review in certain circumstances. More information is available at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website at www.oaic.gov.au

    Complaints 

    If you are unhappy with the way that Sport Integrity Australia has handled your request, you can make a complaint to the Australian Information Commissioner who may investigate our actions. More information is available on the OAIC’s website at www.oaic.gov.au

    More information 

    If you require more information, please contact the FOI Contact Officer by email at foi@sportintegrity.gov.au