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FOI disclosure log policy

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.

If the link to the document is not working, or the format of the document is not accessible, please request a copy by email to foi@dfat.gov.au, and the department will endeavour to meet all reasonable requests for an alternate format of the document in a timely manner.

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
R G Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221
Australia

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 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 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 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 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 LEX9768

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

If you wish to obtain copies of these documents, email: foi@dfat.gov.au for administrative assistance.


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.

Information published in the disclosure log3

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.

Information published in the disclosure log3

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.

Information published in the disclosure log3

If you wish to obtain copies of these documents, email: foi@dfat.gov.au for administrative assistance.


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.

Information published in the disclosure log3

If you wish to obtain copies of these documents, email: foi@dfat.gov.au for administrative assistance.


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.

Information published in the disclosure log3

If you wish to obtain copies of these documents, email: foi@dfat.gov.au for administrative assistance.


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.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9661 [PDF 855 KB]


FOI Reference number LEX9607 - 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.

Information published in the disclosure log3

If you wish to obtain copies of these documents, email: foi@dfat.gov.au for administrative assistance.


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.

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX9651 [PDF 7 MB]


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