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FOI disclosure log policy

The Department's Freedom of Information (FOI) disclosure log contains documents released following an FOI access request and which are available for public access.

The Department is required under the FOI Act 1982 to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to FOI access requests since May 2011.

The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:

  • personal information or information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication would be unreasonable;
  • information that the Office of 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.

A link is provided if the documents can be downloaded from the disclosure log or another website.

The documents below may not meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. If you require a fully accessible copy of this document, or if the document is not available for downloading, please request a copy by email to foi@dfat.gov.au

In some instances, documents may need to undergo further deletions so they can be released to an individual other than the original FOI applicant.

DFAT's policy is to upload documents to the disclosure log on the same day as the documents are released to FOI applicants.

There may be documents in the disclosure log that are currently unavailable in an accessible format. If you are unable to access the document in the format provided, DFAT will endeavour to meet all reasonable requests for an alternate format of the document in a timely manner.

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

Email: foi@dfat.gov.au

Mail:

The Director
Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
BARTON ACT 0221

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 LEX2940

Date of access1

27 June 2022

FOI request2

Documents sent by or received by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade relating to Nagorno Karabakh; Artsakh; Azerbaijan.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX2940 [PDF 5.4 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX4297

Date of access1

24 June 2022

FOI request2

Any ministerial submissions, hot issue/hot topic briefs, or other briefings provided to the Minister for Foreign Affairs about DFAT's involvement in the humanitarian visa program for Afghan locally engaged employees (LEEs), the timeframes by which DFAT is certifying former employees, assessment of this program's overall effectiveness, and any assessment of the need to consider changes or additional initiatives.

To be clear, the search is limited to documents generated between 1 April 2021 and 23 August 2021 inclusive. Also, the search excludes briefings on specific individual cases or applicants' personal details.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX4297 [PDF 4 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX5003

Date of access1

22 June 2022

FOI request2

Over the time period: October 2019 - February 2022:

1. Reports that contain evaluations and/or assessments and/or evidence of the likelihood of Covid-19 being the result of gain-of-function research or other work conducted at; the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX5003 [PDF 17.2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX3080

Date of access1

22 June 2022

FOI request2

Documents between DFAT and the Sri Lankan Government and between DFAT and the International Organisation for Migration, used to compile the 'treatment of returnees' section of the 2019 Sri Lankan country report.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX3080 [PDF 948 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX5591

Date of access1

22 June 2022

FOI request2

DFAT Corporates Plans (or equivalent documents) for the years 2005 – 2014.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX5591 [PDF 5 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX3059

Date of access1

22 June 2022

FOI request2

Documents received by or sent to the Departmental Secretary, detailingDFAT responses and proposals to handling the tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan of March 2011.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX3059 [PDF 6.4 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX5124

Date of access1

22 June 2022

FOI request2

QTBs that are substantially related to Australia’s relationship with China and SEBs substantially related to Australia's relationship with China that were prepared for DFAT officials and the Minister for Foreign Affairs to for the Additional Estimates in February 2022.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX5124 [PDF 4 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX4872

Date of access1

12 May 2022

FOI request2

“the following records in the possession of the Department or its predecessor Departments, created between January 2012 and December 2015 (inclusive), including, to the extent that it is relevant:

1) Any data, reports, draft reports, briefings and draft briefings (including briefings and draft briefings to the Prime Minister, the Minister and/or senior Departmental officials) held regarding the risk of sexual assault in the Nauruan community, including documents that informed decision-making between June 2014 and June 2015 (inclusive);

2) Any data, reports, draft reports, briefings and draft briefings (including briefings and draft briefings to the Prime Minister, the Minister and/or senior Departmental officials) held regarding the risk of violence toward refugees in the Nauruan community, including documents that informed decision-making between June 2014 and June 2015 (inclusive);

3) Any risk assessments conducted by the Department or its predecessors, or other Australian government departments (including contractors of those departments) regarding the risk of violence, including physical or sexual violence, faced by refugees or asylum seekers in the Nauruan community, including documents that informed decision-making between June 2014 and June 2015 (inclusive);

4) Any reports, draft reports, briefings and draft briefings (including briefings and draft briefings to the Prime Minister, the Minister and/or senior Departmental officials) held regarding the capacity of the Nauruan Police Force to respond to reports of sexual assault and/or other crimes against refugees, including documents that informed decision-making between June 2014 and June 2015 (inclusive).”

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX4872 [PDF 2 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX5194

Date of access1

29 April 2022

FOI request2

“I request access to any documents relating to the recruitment process A1420/2021 - Executive Level 1 - Assistant Director, Legal (Several Positions).

I do not require access to personal information - these can be redacted.

I specifically request access to any documents discussing or referring to the likely number of vacancies that this recruitment process would be used to fill, number of applications received, number of interviews conducted, the number of applicants whose referees were contacted and number of positions offered.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents about recruitment process A1420/2021 - Executive Level 1 - Assistant Director, Legal [PDF 50 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX5298

Date of access1

26 April 2022

FOI request2

“I am seeking the current number of full time DFAT staff (or the full time equivalent) which are assigned to FOI processing.

I am also seeking the number of full time DFAT staff (or the full time equivalent) which were attributed to FOI processing in the 2020-2021 financial year, and the 2019-2020 financial year.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents about the number of DFAT staff assigned to FOI processing [PDF 740 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX4552

Date of access1

22 April 2022

FOI request2

  1. Any document detailing the cost of DFAT’s facilitated repatriation flight program.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX4552 [PDF 50 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX5258

Date of access1

22 April 2022

FOI request2

Australian Passport Office de-identification policy.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX5258 [PDF 106 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX2807

Date of access1

22 April 2022

FOI request2

The documents relied upon in assessing the current DO NOT TRAVEL advice for new Zealand against the criteria for DO NOT TRAVEL level advice. The document stating the criteria for issuing do not travel advice. The document confirming the advice update.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX2807 [PDF 3.6 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX5036

Date of access1

8 April 2022

FOI request2

Sections of briefings or submissions relating to a free trade agreement between Australia and the UK, which also relate to the terms “Paris Agreement” or “Paris Accord” or “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” or “UNFCCC”

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX5036 [PDF 5.2 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX4952

Date of access1

25 March 2022

FOI request2

Any briefing notes prepared for a dinner on 10 July 2018 (USA time) between Australia’s Ambassador to the USA, Joe Hockey, Mr Tony Abbott and Mr Mick Mulvaney of the US OMB.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX4952 [PDF 1 MB]


FOI Reference number LEX4587

Date of access1

28 February 2022

FOI request2

Australian official development assistance (ODA) budgets relating to fossil fuel projects.

Information published in the disclosure log3

Australian official development assistance (ODA) budgets relating to fossil fuel projects. [PDF 71 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX4578

Date of access1

28 February 2022

FOI request2

1. Any correspondence (letters or emails) with Tony Abbott or his office in relation to Mr Abbott's planned trip to Taiwan.

2. Any briefings, submissions or advice sent from DFAT to the Foreign Minister's Office or the Trade Minister's Office in relation to Mr Abbott's planned trip to Taiwan.

The search for documents is limited to the period 1 July 2021 to 5 October 2021 inclusive. I suggest the most convenient keywords for this search are "Tony Abbott" and "Yushan Forum" (the event he was attending to give the keynote speech).

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents relating to travel to Taiwan by the Hon Tony Abbott in October 2021 [PDF 1 MB]


FOI reference number LEX4214

Date of access1

28 February 2022

FOI request2

Emails and briefing documents … from 1 July to 31 December 2019 regarding the Global NSW strategy and NSW government trade and investment offices located overseas.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX4214 [PDF 875 KB]


FOI reference number LEX3029

Date of access1

23 February 2022

FOI request2

The contract between DFAT and Palladium International Pty Ltd (Palladium) for Implementation of the Pacific Labour Facility and correspondence where DFAT directed Palladium to go to open market.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX3029 [PDF 3.5 MB]


FOI reference number LEX47

Date of access1

22 February 2022

FOI request2

Documents created in 2017 relating to Adani Australia’s proposed Carmichael coal mine project or proposals for rail lines to the Galilee Basin.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX47 [PDF 15.5 MB]


FOI reference number LEX4754

Date of access1

10 February 2022

FOI request2

‘documents regarding Australia's role in Professor Hilary Charlesworth's nomination and election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2021.

Specifically, I am seeking access to any documents which refer to Professor Charlesworth's interest and experience in "feminism", "feminist legal methods", "feminist legal scholarship".

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents referring to Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM FASSA and “feminism”, “feminist legal methods” or “feminist legal scholarship” [PDF 1.2 MB]


FOI reference number LEX4518

Date of access1

10 February 2022

FOI request2

“I'm requesting 3 briefs referred to in DFAT's response to a Question on Notice from the 13th of May, 2021 inquiry into DFAT's annual report (the specific question and answer is attached for your benefit). The 3 briefs I'm requesting are the ones specified in the QoN as referring to sanctions-related issues.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Ministerial briefing on sanctions issues relating to Myanmar[125 KB]


FOI reference number LEX4396

Date of access1

10 February 2022

FOI request2

“any document or record about the process DFAT uses to collect FOI charges.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents about the process DFAT uses to collect FOI charges


FOI reference number LEX4585

Date of access1

18 January 2022

FOI request2

“On the 29th September, NSX Limited thanked the Australian Embassy in Saudi Arabia for their assistance in the signing of a memorandum of understanding to explore the establishment of the KSA Commodities and Securities Exchange in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Under the purposes of the FOI Act, I request any documents or correspondence relating to NSX Limited and/or any of its subsidiaries and/or the Australian Embassy and/or DFAT and/or Austrade in relation to these discussions and negotiations.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Emails relating to the signing of a memorandum of understanding to explore the establishment of the KSA Commodities and Securities Exchange in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. [PDF 468 KB]


FOI reference number LEX4576

Date of access1

18 January 2022

FOI request2

“... all documents supplied by the DFAT to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott or any of his staff relating to Mr Abbott's trip to Taiwan in October 2021. This request includes but is not limited to all notes of meetings and briefings about the trip with Mr Abbott or his staff..”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents provided to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott relating to his trip to Taiwan in October 2021. [PDF 468 KB]


FOI reference number LEX4652

Date of access1

18 January 2022

FOI request2

Traffic infringements, including speeding, drink driving and parking fines for diplomats in Canberra since 1 January 2019.

Information published in the disclosure log3

Correspondence regarding traffic infringements Part 1 [PDF 9.7 MB]

Correspondence regarding traffic infringements Part 2 [PDF 9.1 MB]


FOI reference number LEX517

Date of access1

14 January 2022

FOI request2

  1. All briefs for the 2017/2018 financial year prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Minister of Foreign Affairs which discuss oil/gas processing options for the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field (either onshore in Australia or in Timor-Leste).
  2. Any cablegrams sent in 2019 from Australia’s Embassy in Timor-Leste to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which discuss oil/gas processing options for the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field (either onshore in Australia or in Timor-Leste).
  3. Any correspondence exchanged during 2019 between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Energy and the Environment which discuss the oil/gas processing options for the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field (either onshore in Australia or in Timor-Leste).

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX517 – Oil/Gas processing options for the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field [PDF 5.5 MB]


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