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The department's Freedom of Information (FOI) disclosure log contains documents released by the department to the FOI applicant as required under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

The disclosure log improves the public's access to government information.

If deemed unreasonable to do so, the department will not publish the following information on the disclosure log:

  • personal information or information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication would be unreasonable;
  • information that the Australian Information Commissioner has determined should not be disclosed;
  • information that cannot reasonably practicably be published because of the extent of modifications necessary to delete any of the above information.

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The department publishes documents within 10 working days after the FOI applicant is given access to the documents. The exact timeframe varies depending upon the FOI Section and the Information Publishing Sections workload.

All enquiries can be directed to the Freedom of Information Section by using the following contact details:

Email: foi@dfat.gov.au

Mail:

Freedom of Information Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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The disclosure log has been operational since May 2011.

FOI disclosure log documents

  • 1 Date that the FOI applicant was given access to a document under s11A.
  • 2 A short summary of the FOI access request.
  • 3 A short summary of the information provided under s11A.

FOI reference number Date of access FOI request Information published in the disclosure log [please provide a link to attached document]


FOI Reference number LEX10300

Date of access1

13 June 2024

FOI request2

  1. Substantive documents related to changes to the Australian regime for approving offshore gas facilities – between the dates 1 July 2023 and 29 February 2024 – in the possession of Mr Hauck (acting First Assistant Secretary for Trade Resilience, Indo-Pacific Economics and Latin America Division).
  2. A copy of any diary entries in the diary of Mr Hauck between 1 July 2023 and 29 February 2024 of meetings/telephone call with officials from either Japan, South Korea and/or Singapore relating to changes to the Australian regime for approving offshore gas facilities.
  3. A copy of any emails sent by Mr Hauck between 1 July 2023 and 29 February 2024 to officials from Japan, South Korea and/or Singapore relating to changes to the Australian regime for approving offshore gas facilities.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10300 [PDF 8.15 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10474

Date of access1

11 June 2024

FOI request2

…any documentation, reports, studies, assessments, or correspondence related to any climate, environmental, and undersea life impact study that was potentially conducted before DFAT approved funding for the Coral Sea Cable project. While I have been able to find a parliamentary “Submission to the inquiry into availability and access to enabling communications infrastructure in Australia's external territories” on the Australian Parliament House website, it does not speak to climate, environmental, or marine life considerations.

Specifically, I am interested in information related to any assessments or studies that were conducted to evaluate the potential impacts of the cable project on:

Climate: including any analysis of the project's carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions, or potential contributions to climate change.

Environment: including any assessments of the project's impact on terrestrial and marine ecosystems, biodiversity, habitats, or any potential environmental risks associated with the project.

Undersea Life: including any studies on the potential impacts of the cable project on marine life, such as endangered species, fisheries, coral reefs, or other undersea habitats.

If any such studies, assessments, or reports exist, I request access to the full documents or relevant excerpts for assistance with my PhD data collection. If no formal studies were conducted, I would appreciate any information or

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10474 [PDF 12 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10437

Date of access1

3 June 2024

FOI request2

In December 2021, Ambassador Sachs paid a visit to the city of Qom, Iran, to meet with officials of Al-Mustafa university. This was publicised in news both inside and outside of Iran. According to Iran-based news agencies, she discussed expansion of mutual cooperations between Al-Mustafa and Australian universities.

Australia calls for academic coop with Irans Al Mustafa Int. University | Taghribnews (TNA)

I request access to any documents held by DFAT in relation to this visit. The scope of my request includes any document or communications created in preparation or authorisation of the event, as well as all documents and communications that resulted from it, whether it be with the embassy in Iran, with other Australian government entities, Australian universities or with any other foreign body of any type.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10437 [PDF 5 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10550

Date of access1

31 May 2024

FOI request2

  1. Documents/Correspondence regarding the decision to not allow New Colombo Plan Scholarship Recipients to undertake New Colombo Plan Mobility Programs during their scholarship. When and how that policy was arrived at, and specifically if any exceptions have been made. Between 2023-24.
  2. Documents/Correspondence that reference the 2024 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Agreement, Section B, 1.4 , G, which states "not without Our approval, participate in another offshore scholarship or mobility project while undertaking Your NCP Scholarship Program". And how line in the agreement has influenced and or shaped DFAT policy to not allow any scholarship recipients to undertake a New Colombo Plan Mobility Programs during their scholarship.
  3. Requests from Scholars to undertake a New Colombo Plan Mobility grant during their program. Between 2023-24. And the process to approve or deny them.
  4. Communication between DFAT (likely the NCP secretariat) and Palladium that discuss the ability of scholars to seek approval to undertake NCP Mobility programs.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10550 [PDF 3 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10503

Date of access1

28 May 2024

FOI request2

Emails, documents and briefing notes sent to and from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in relation to the killing of an aid worker in Gaza (date range: 1 April 2024 - 2 April 2024).

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10503 [PDF 7 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10536

Date of access1

27 May 2024

FOI request2

All advice, talking points, briefs and related material prepared by the department for Foreign Minister Penny Wong between April 1 and April 4, 2024 on the appropriate response to Israel's killing of an Australian citizen and six other international aid workers.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10536 [PDF 5 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10475

Date of access1

23 May 2024

FOI request2

All internal correspondence, including emails and messages between staff, that originates from within all Ministerial offices within the Department’s purview which includes a reference or commentary about former US President Donald Trump between 1 October 2023 and 25 March 2024.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10475 [PDF 2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10209

Date of access1

20 May 2024

FOI request2

According to information provided by DFAT during Senate Estimates, on 24 May 2023 the Australian Embassy Beijing asked AusTrade Beijing for information about the organisation China Rainbow International Investment Corporation.

I seek access to:

  1. All requests for information related to China Rainbow International Investment Corporation from the Australian Embassy to AusTrade or any other government agencies in May or June 2023; the responses to these requests from AusTrade and any other agencies; and any emails, messages or correspondence in which this information was communicated to Departmental or Embassy officials.
  2. All emails or documents relating to communications between the Australian Embassy Beijing and AusTrade on 24 May 2023 regarding China Rainbow, including emails and documents created in the Department’s preparation of answering Supplementary Budget Estimates 2023-24 Question on Notice No. 036 (Beijing Socceroos Football Match).
  3. All emails or documents held by the DFAT and agencies containing information or advice about China Rainbow International Investment Corporation;
  4. The email invitation to Ambassador Fletcher received from Modun Group on 30 May 2023; and
  5. The formal invitation to Ambassador Fletcher from China Rainbow International Investment Group on 5 June 2023

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10209 [PDF 13 MB]


FOI Reference number CON002 - FOI request made to the Minister for International Development and the Pacific

Date of access1

20 May 2024

FOI request2

  • all documents (hard copy and electronically searchable) which contain any reference to the following: Citadel Secure, James O'Hanlon, Cressida O'Hanlon, David Searles, Philip Martin, Reggie Martin, including emails, briefings, meeting requests and diary entries, meeting notes, correspondence, and projects proposals over the time period between 5 September 2023 to 30 April 2024.
  • all documents including emails, briefings, meeting requests and diary entries, meeting notes, correspondence, and projects proposals sent to Minister Pat Conroy and/or his office from Minister Nick Champion and Senator Don Farrell (including emails from their offices and advisers), over the time period between 5 September 2023 to 30 April 2024 which contain reference to Citadel Secure, James O’Hanlon, David Searles and Cressida O’Hanlon. 

Information published in the disclosure log3

CON002 [PDF 15 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10691

Date of access1

15 May 2024

FOI request2

The current salary table for locally engaged staff at the Australian Consulate General Hong Kong.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10691 [PDF 655 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX10225

Date of access1

10 May 2024

FOI request2

I am seeking documents held by the department related to comments made by Australia’s ambassador to the Vatican, Chiara Porro, during an interview with Catholic Health Australia in September 2021. During the interview, ambassador Porro spoke of a recent audience with the Pope and said that her aim was to change the Vatican’s “narrative” about Australia away from the child abuse royal commission and cardinal George Pell. Those comments angered abuse survivors.

I am seeking any briefing or correspondence created by the department about those comments. I seek any document created between September 2021 and now [20 February 2024].

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10225 [PDF 14 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10327

Date of access1

10 May 2024

FOI request2

…a copy of the "Mid-Term Review into the Mekong Partnership on Transnational Crime (MAP-TNC)" program.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10327 [PDF 3 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10444

Date of access1

24 April 2024

FOI request2

Most recent, revised version of the Draft Negotiating text of the WHO Pandemic Agreement dated 2024 [as at 22 March 2024].

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10444 [PDF 892 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX10360

Date of access1

23 April 2024

FOI request2

DFAT Cablegrams created between 1 February 2024 and 29 February 2024 that relate to Julian Assange.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10360 [PDF 4 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10433

Date of access1

22 April 2024

FOI request2

Any briefings provided to the Australian ambassador to the United States, Kevin Rudd, in relation to former US president Donald Trump.

The time period for my request is 20 March 2023 to 20 March 2024.
 

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10433 [PDF 2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10422

Date of access1

22 April 2024

FOI request2

Any briefing provided to the Australian Ambassador to the United States, the Hon Kevin Rudd, since 20 March 2023 for use in relation to discussions with former President Donald Trump and/or members of Mr Trump’s presidential election campaign team concerning the Australia – United States relationship, including, but not limited to, the AUKUS proposed Australian procurement of Virginia-class (SSN-774 class) submarines (and related matters).

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10422 [PDF 2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10423

Date of access1

17 April 2024

FOI request2

Emails, submissions, memoranda, advice, cables, talking points to and/or from the Minister and/or her office and/or her Department relating to a proposed Free Trade Agreement with Israel from 7 October 2023 to 19 March 2024.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10423 [PDF 1 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10332

Date of access1

15 April 2024

FOI request2

Internal documentation about what countries or their universities do not have institutional autonomy for the purposes of Australia's Foreign Relations Act as at 1 March 2024.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10332 [PDF 13 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10022

Date of access1

15 April 2024

FOI request2

…all correspondence, briefing notes, and/or talking points sought by or prepared for the Minister for Foreign Affairs between January 1 and January 20, 2024 concerning the results of the 2024 Taiwanese presidential election.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10022 [PDF 2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10085

Date of access1

12 April 2024

FOI request2

Documents concerning exchanges with the Israeli government over the destruction of donor-funded structures in the West Bank. All documents produced or received by the Australian government regarding the destruction of donor-funded structures, as well as any exchanges with or regarding Israeli authorities. The time frame of the request is from 2018 to 2022.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10085 [PDF 3.1 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10249

Date of access1

9 April 2024

FOI request2

All correspondence, including but not limited to letters, emails, memoranda, text messages, phone logs, and instant messages that contain the word "Papadopolous" between 1 January 2016 and 11 May 2016.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10249 [PDF 1.5 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10051

Date of access1

4 April 2024

FOI request2

Departmental advice to the Foreign Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister's office related to the suspension of funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in January.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10051 [PDF 720 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX10263

Date of access1

2 April 2024

FOI request2

Information regarding grants provided through the Direct Aid Program (DAP) by the Embassy of Australia in Serbia over the past five years, specifically from 2020 to 2024. I am interested in obtaining the following information - a list of all grants provided through the DAP in Serbia during the specified time period, including the name of the recipient organization, name of the project, the amount of the grant and the length of implementation. I would also like to receive the number of applications received by the Embassy of Australia in Serbia through the Direct Aid Program (DAP).

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10263 [PDF 916 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX10306

Date of access1

28 March 2024

FOI request2

  1. All documents, financial statements, correspondence, cables briefing papers, cabinet records, summaries, reports, and memos from 7 October 2023 to [11 December 2023] in possession of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade evidencing whether the Australian Government and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade consider the actions of Hamas on 7 October 2023 a war crime.
  2. All documents, financial statements, correspondence, cables briefing papers, cabinet records, summaries, reports, and memos from 7 October 2023 to [11 December 2023] in possession of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade evidencing the position of the Australian Government and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with respect to its previous objections to the International Criminal Court's investigation into alleged war crimes in Palestine.
  3. All documents, financial statements, correspondence, cables briefing papers, cabinet records, summaries, reports, and memos from 7 October 2023 to [11 December 2023] between the Australian government, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Israeli Government, the US Government, the United Nations, and the International Criminal Court evidencing any process of investigation, documentation, verification of or compensation for alleged war crimes occurring in Israel and Gaza.
  4. All documents, correspondence, cables briefing papers, cabinet records, summaries, reports, and memos from 7 October to [11 December 2023] between the Australian Embassy in Israel, the Embassy of Israel in Australia, the Government of Israel, and the Australian Government evidencing:
    • 4.1. The list of defence articles and related technical information that were provided by Australia to Israel
    • 4.2. What military personnel, defence articles and related technical information Australia has sent to Israel.
    • 4.3. A purpose for Australian military involvement other than assisting with the extraction of Australian citizens.
  5. All documents, correspondence, cables briefing papers, cabinet records, summaries, reports, and memos from 7 October 2023 to [11 December 2023] evidencing whether the Australian Government or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have sought legal advice in light of unfolding events in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on the international or domestic criminal liability of:
    • 5.1. Government Ministers.
    • 5.2. The Australian Government'
  6. All documents, correspondence, cables briefing papers, cabinet records, summaries, reports, and memos from 7 October 2023 to [11 December 2023] evidencing the Australian Government and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade considering the legality of or otherwise obtaining legal advice on Australians leaving Australia to fight with Israel against Hamas or against Palestine.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10306 [PDF 2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9982

Date of access1

28 March 2024

FOI request2

  1. Any final reports by or on behalf of:
    1. Australian Aid; and
    2. the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or both,

      in relation to:

    3. the incident;
    4. the subsequent clean-up as a result of the incident;
    5. clean-up responses.
  2. Any raw and underlining data in relation to those reports in item 1.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX19982 [PDF 3 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10103

Date of access1

28 March 2024

FOI request2

  1. Any submissions / recommendations / risk assessments sent from DFAT to the Foreign Minister, together with the record of decisions / comments received back from the Foreign Minister, in relation to the announcement on 16 January 2024 of a further $21.5 million in humanitarian assistance to the Middle East including $6 million through UNRWA. This part of the search is limited to documents generated between 17 December 2023 and 17 January 2024 inclusive.
  2. Any documents underpinning the announcement by the Foreign Minister on 27 January 2024 of a temporarily pause of disbursement of recently announced funding to UNRWA, including: relevant ministerial submission/s, advice on options, correspondence between DFAT and FMO, and any assessment or summary of the allegations against UNRWA. This part of the search is limited to documents generated between 23 January 2024 and 27 January 2024 inclusive. 

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10103 [PDF 1 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10026

Date of access1

25 March 2024

FOI request2

All correspondence, briefing notes, and/or talking points sought by or prepared for the Minister for Foreign Affairs between January 1 and January 25 concerning:

  • the potential results in the 2024 Indonesian election and;
  • the implications for Australia.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10026 [PDF 5 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10071

Date of access1

20 March 2024

FOI request2

“…submissions, briefings, analysis, cables, talking points or advice to the Foreign Minister or her office in relation to the interim ICJ ruling in the Israel/South Africa case from 26 January 2024 to date.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10071 [PDF 2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX820

Date of access1

18 March 2024

FOI request2

Correspondence between Joe Hockey and the Liberal Party fundraising chief Andrew Burnes in April and May 2017.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX820 [PDF 714 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX10028

Date of access1

15 March 2024

FOI request2

… all briefing notes and talking points sought by or prepared for the Minister for Foreign Affairs between January 1 and January 26 concerning the 2024 Pakistan parliamentary election.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10028 [PDF 1 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9932

Date of access1

13 March 2024

FOI request2

“All memos, briefings, reports and correspondence sent and received by David Woods, Chief Economist, between November 1, 2023 and January 14, 2024 that address, or relate to, the expected and/or actual economic and trade-related impact of Houthi attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9932 [PDF 2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9712

Date of access1

1 March 2024

FOI request2

All correspondence and other documents including the following phrases “Arms and ammunition” and “Israel”.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9712 [PDF 4MB]


FOI Reference number LEX10264 – FOI request made to the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs

Date of access1

23 February 2024

FOI request2

Copies of all records and documents from 1 October 2023 to 24 January 2024, related to travel to Israel, the Palestinian territories and/or elsewhere in the Middle East by Assistant Minister Tim Watts.

2. Records and Documents related to the above travel (pre & post planning), include but are not limited to external correspondence and final versions of notes, reports, summaries or records of discussions, memoranda, papers, talking points, meeting agendas, diaries, calendars, and letters and itineraries, that disclose:

  1. Who the Assistant Minister will meet while overseas,
  2. Who else will be attending engagements with the Assistant Minister,
  3. The objectives of the trip/s,
  4. The day to day schedules of the Assistant Ministers, including scheduled meetings and diary appointments,
  5. Any professional engagements; and
  6. Any social engagements and who is to attend.

To assist you to fulfil our FOI request, we note that we have narrowed the scope of our request by:

- removing our request for internal correspondence,

- removing our request for documents disclosing dates of travel and funding information, and

- requesting external correspondence and the final versions of the documents listed above that disclose the matters in paragraphs (i)-(vii).

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX10264 [PDF 21 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9870

Date of access1

22 February 2024

FOI request2

The date range for my request is 9 October 2023 to 7 January 2024 at 11.27 am.

  1. Any outgoing letters from the department's FOI team to FOI applicants regarding FOI requests relating to the 2023 Hamas-Israel Conflict.
    • Including any letter attachments sent from the department's FOI team to applicants (such as 24AB consultation letters, decision letters, etc).
    • Excluding correspondence exchanged between the department and applicants, except where attached that correspondence is captured by documents in part 3.
  2. [removed]
  3. All correspondence between the department's FOI team and any external parties regarding the above-mentioned requests.
    • This includes other agencies, Minister's Offices and the OAIC.
      • With regard to the OAIC:
    • Exclude correspondence with the OAIC concerning section 15AA extensions of time.
    • With regard to the Minister's Offices:
      • Where documents that were subsequently disclosed to the applicant and are attached these are out of scope (as they would be available on the disclosure log).
  4. [removed]

Exclusions:

  1. FOI request LEX 9321.
  2. Early parts of email streams captured in later emails
  3. Any documents subsequently disclosed to the applicant (as they would be available on the disclosure log).
  4. Personal information of FOI applicants.
  5. Personal information of departmental staff.
  6. Personal information of any third parties.
  7. Duplicate content.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9870 [PDF 3 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9836

Date of access1

20 February 2024

FOI request2

Any submissions / recommendations / correspondence sent from DFAT to the Foreign Minister, and any correspondence / decisions / comments received back from the Foreign Minister, in relation to Australia’s position on UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/ES-10/22 (may be referred to in some documents as A/ES-10/L.27). For avoidance of doubt, this is the resolution that relates to the call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and the protection of civilians and was carried on 12 December 2023 US time (13 December 2023 Canberra time).

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9836 [PDF 7MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9975

Date of access1

19 February 2024

FOI request2

Any briefs provided to the Minister of Foreign Affair and/or the Minister for Trade and/or the Secretary during the period 1 January 2023 and 30 March 2023 that relate substantially to implementation of a Safeguard Mechanism and their foreign affairs/trade implications.

Any briefs provided to the Minister of Foreign Affair and/or the Minister for Trade and/or the Secretary during the period 1 January 2023 and 30 March 2023 that relate substantially to the enabling of the export/import of carbon dioxide streams from a Contracting Party to another country/Australia for the purpose of carbon sequestration in sub-seabed geological formations.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9975 [PDF 5MB]


FOI Reference number CON001 – FOI request made to the Minister for International Development and the Pacific

Date of access1

16 February 2024

FOI request2

‘ … regarding the Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA's) role in reporting on adverse events involving COVID-19 vaccines … whatever documents or information you have which could shed light on the origins of the TGA's deceit’

Information published in the disclosure log3

CON001 [PDF 454 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX9960

Date of access1

15 February 2024

FOI request2

Internal documentation and correspondence about what countries or their universities do not have institutional autonomy for the purposes of Australia's Foreign Relations Act.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9960 [PDF 7 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9736

Date of access1

9 February 2024

FOI request2

All communication between His Excellency The Honourable Stephen Francis Smith Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and his office and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in relation to the treatment of Australia Day while Mr Smith is High Commissioner. This covers the period 26, January 2023 to present.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9736 [PDF 2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9703

Date of access1

9 February 2024

FOI request2

Any submissions / recommendations / correspondence sent from DFAT to the Foreign Minister, and any correspondence / decisions / comments received back from the Foreign Minister, in relation to Australia’s position on UN General Assembly resolution ES-10/21 (may be referred to in some documents as A/ES-10/L.25). For avoidance of doubt, this is the Jordanian-proposed resolution that relates to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories including Gaza and carried on 27 October 2023.

FOI search is limited only to documents generated from 17 October 2023 to 30 October 2023 inclusive. 

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9703 [PDF 6 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9573

Date of access1

9 February 2024

FOI request2

  1. DFAT briefings and cablegrams that relate to the visit of the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, to India in November 2023; and
  2. Emails and/or other correspondence between DFAT and Mr Dutton’s Office and/or the Australian Parliament’s International and Parliamentary Relations Office that relate to Mr Dutton’s visit to India in November 2023.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9573 [PDF 16 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9492

Date of access1

9 February 2024

FOI request2

Ehud Olmert 
Any final memo, brief or advice created by DFAT summarising their response to the request for prosecution of Ehud Olmert and the impact on Australia’s international relations;

Mahinda Rajapaska
Any final memo, brief or advice created by DFAT summarising their response to the private prosecution of Mahinda Rajapaska and the impact on Australia’s international relations;

Aung San Suu Kyi
Any final memo, brief or advice created by DFAT summarising their response to the private prosecution of Aung San Suu Kyi and the impact on Australia’s international relations;

Unknown person – 2012 
Any Ministerial Brief from DFAT to the Attorney-General relating to whether the Attorney-General should consent to the prosecution of a person [name unknown] in 2012, pursuant to Division 268 or 274 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code; 

Policy document 
Any current policy document held by DFAT in relation to the operation and consent requirement of Divisions 268 and 274 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code. 
 

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9492 [PDF 1 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9889

Date of access1

1 February 2024

FOI request2

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Peter Roberts in Tokyo Embassy's talking points prepared for the meeting with Nippon-Ishin-no-kai party on Japan law's custody issue and parental child abduction, which was mentioned by Ambassador Justin's X post in 16 December 2023  (X post - Japan Justin Hayhurst meeting).

The documents on Japan law's custody issue and parental child abduction, which summarised the communication of Mr. Peter and the Attendees (including, but not limited to, Ishin's National diet members) in the meeting above mentioned.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9889 [PDF 848 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX9796

Date of access1

1 February 2024

FOI request2

Ministerial submissions and/or briefings provided by DFAT to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong, since 1 November 2023 that relate to Houthi threats to or attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, delays and disruption of shipping passing through that region, and/or Australian or international responses to this problem.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9796 [PDF 732 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX9708

Date of access1

1 February 2024

FOI request2

Any submissions, briefings, analysis or advice provided by DFAT to the Foreign Minister in relation to Israel and/or Hamas’s compliance or non-compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL) or other international laws. 
 
The search is limited only to documents generated from 7 October 2023 to 8 December 2023 inclusive.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9708 [PDF 2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9824

Date of access1

30 January 2024

FOI request2

All emails by DFAT APS staff based in Australia, sent either internally or to a minister’s office (DFAT portfolio), referencing comments made by Industry and Science Minister Ed Husic on 19 October, 2023 about the Israel-Gaza war.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9824 [PDF 3 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9595

Date of access1

25 January 2024

FOI request2

Ministerial submissions, briefings, reports or other information provided to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong, concerning the incident referred to in the Minister for Defence’s media release of 18 November 2023 entitled “Unsafe and unprofessional interaction with PLA-N”

This application is limited to documents and records created up to and including 18 November 2023.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9595 [PDF 3 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9577

Date of access1

25 January 2024

FOI request2

  1. Please provide any written briefs, or other written advice, or requests for these, originated within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or the office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, concerning the incident referred to by the following media release: https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/media-releases/2023-11-18/unsafe-and-unprofessional-interaction-pla-n 
  2. Please provide any written briefs, or other written advice, or requests for these, provided by other parties in the Australian Government, to the Department, or the office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, concerning the incident
  3. Please provide any written briefs, or other written advice, or requests for these, in the possession of the Department concerning the incident, including but not limited to, any advice concerning the assessment and response of the Australian Government to the incident.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9577 [PDF 17 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9805

Date of access1

23 January 2024

FOI request2

The Department has confirmed that in April 2023, the Foreign Minister wrote to state and territory governments and universities, encouraging them to pause existing cooperation with Iranian entities and to avoid engaging in new activities.

I seek access to the April 2023 letter from the Foreign Minister to universities.

Information published in the disclosure log3

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FOI Reference number LEX9716

Date of access1

22 January 2024

FOI request2

Any briefings or submissions from DFAT to Ministers since 7 October 2023, which provide advice on Israel's 'right to self-defence'.

Any briefings or submissions from DFAT to Ministers since 7 October 2023, which discuss a potential or confirmed genocide being committed by Israel.

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LEX9716 [PDF 162 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX9768

Date of access1

18 January 2024

FOI request2

Between 1 January 2023 and 12 December 2023 held by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (the Department) relating to the request from Qatar Airways for additional air services into Australia's major airports:

  1. copies of any briefings, including talking points, media response points, Question Time Briefs, provided from the Department to the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs and/or the Assistant Minister's office; and
  2. where documents provided to the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs are subsequently updated, copies of each version provided to the Assistant Minister and/or the Assistant Minister's office.

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LEX9768 [PDF 4.7 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9427 - FOI Request made to the Minister for Foreign Affairs

Date of access1

12 January 2024

FOI request2

All written communication held within Foreign Minister Penny Wong's office regarding public comments made by Ministers Ed Husic, Anne Aly or Tony Burke on Israel, Gaza and/or the Israel-Hamas war.

Please limit search to 7 October - 3 November 2023 and include text messages - such as SMS, WhatsApp and Signal - which fall within the scope of the request.

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FOI Reference number LEX9262 - FOI Request made to the Minister for Foreign Affairs

Date of access1

12 January 2024

FOI request2

All documents, reports & communication that relate to the legal advice the Foreign Minister Penny Wong has received in regarding the fighting, bombing and blockade of Gaza in October 2023.

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FOI Reference number LEX9735 - FOI Request made to the Minister for Foreign Affairs

Date of access1

11 January 2024

FOI request2

All communication between His Excellency The Honourable Stephen Francis Smith Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and his office and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in relation to the treatment of Australia Day while Mr Smith is High Commissioner. This covers the period 26, January 2023 to present.

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FOI Reference number LEX9661

Date of access1

8 January 2024

FOI request2

  1. Ambassador Justin Hayhurst in Tokyo's talking ( whatever the names should be ) points prepared for Japan's MOJ Minister Koizumi  November 17 on Japan law's custody issue and parental child abduction.
  2. The documents on Japan law's custody issue and parental child abduction, which summarized ( if not summarized, just delivers ) the result of Mr. Justin and Koizumi, your gov't havs not yet released to the public.
  3. All the contacts between Australian gov't and Japan's those have resulted in Japanese MOJ's  November 28 translation of Australian family law reform 2023.

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LEX9661 [PDF 855 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX9497 - FOI Request made to the Minister for Trade and Tourism

Date of access1

8 January 2024

FOI request2

Dates on which the Trade Minister Don Farrell met with representatives of and/or lobbyists for any of the following: Meat & Livestock Australia; JBS; Woodside Energy; Santos Limited; Mineralogy.

Correspondence between the Trade Minister and the above entities.

The period for this request is from May 2022 onwards.

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FOI Reference number LEX9397

Date of access1

8 January 2024

FOI request2

“… all correspondence, briefing notes, or legal advice sought by or prepared by the department for the government and/or the Foreign Affairs minister concerning the threats by the Pakistan government to expel all Afghanistan refugees by November 1, 2023”.

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LEX9397 [PDF 10 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX9651

Date of access1

4 January 2024

FOI request2

‘letters of Credence for Australian Ambassadors to Foreign countries and Australian High Commissioners to Republican Commonwealth countries; for each of the following:
1) Taiwan; 
2) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; 
3) United States of America; 
4) Republic of India; 
5) Federal Republic of Germany; 
6) Japan (Nippon-koku); 
7) People’s Republic of China; 
8) Republic of Korea; 
9) Republic of Singapore; and 
10) The Federation of Malaya (Malaysia). 
in the period of 1 January 2019 to 28 November 2023.

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LEX9651 [PDF 7 MB]


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