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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 LEX3674

Date of access1

3 August 2021

FOI request2

“I request under the FOI Act:

  • the Australian Consulate General Hong Kong's current salary table for locally engaged staff, which outlines the pay scale(s) for each work level standard classification, or a produced document to that effect; and
  • any existing document or a produced document setting out the job title of and the work level standard classification assigned to each current locally engaged position at the Australian Consulate General Hong Kong.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Locally Engaged Staff data at the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong [PDF 140 KB]


FOI reference number LEX3756

Date of access1

2 August 2021

FOI request2

“A) The most recent document containing the overall number of Australian citizens confirmed to have died of COVID-19 AND/OR SARS-CoV-2 overseas and/or outside Australia and/or abroad.

B) The most recent document containing a breakdown by country of the number of Australian citizens confirmed to have died of COVID-19 AND/OR SARS-CoV-2 overseas and/or abroad and/or outside Australia.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Number of Australian citizens confirmed to have died of COVID-19 overseas [PDF 50 KB]


FOI reference number LEX3568

Date of access1

2 August 2021

FOI request2

“The itinerary of the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment for his visit to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in April 2017.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

The itinerary for the visit of the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steve Ciobo MP to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in 2017 [PDF 2.7 MB]


FOI reference number LEX2469

Date of access1

1 July 2021

FOI request2

“Any documents, emails, reports etc. in which DFAT notes or discusses the reception … of the Prime Minister’s Lowy Speech of the concept of “negative globalism”, from 3 October to 3 December 2019”.

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents relating to the reception of the Prime Minister’s 2019 Lowy speech, and/or ‘negative globalism’ [PDF 4.4 MB]


FOI reference number LEX3145

Date of access1

7 June 2021

FOI request2

“I request the contract documents and probity report for AusTender contract CN3725881.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Contract documents for CN3725881 [PDF 14 MB]


FOI reference number LEX3324

Date of access1

17 May 2021

FOI request2

  1. “All submissions to the Foreign Minister since 1 January 2020 that refer to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  2. Correspondence since 1 January 2020 between the office of the Foreign Minister and Amanda Gorely, referring to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Submissions and correspondence with the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs since 1 January 2020 referring to the TPNW [PDF 5.8 MB]


FOI reference number LEX3063

Date of access1

6 May 2021

FOI request2

“all correspondence between the complainant, DFAT/embassy staff, Sport Australia and Football Federation Australia (FFA) concerning the complaint regarding the behaviour of the Olyroos in March.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents relating to a 2019 complaint concerning the Australia national Under 23 soccer team [PDF 5 MB]


FOI reference number LEX2407

Date of access1

4 May 2021

FOI request2

“I am seeking access to documents containing information about discussions regarding a security contractor, employed at the Australian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, who was given a letter of support from DFAT to be exempt from hotel quarantine.

Specifically, I am seeking information about:

  1. Any documents or correspondence produced between January 2020 and August 2020 within the Department about the security contractor and his request for a letter of support.
  2. Any documents or correspondence produced between January 2020 and August 2020 between the Department and the Australian Embassy in Kabul about the security contractor.
  3. Any documents or correspondence produced between January 2020 and August 2020 between the Department and company Aegis Garaworld regarding exemptions from hotel quarantine.
  4. Any documents or correspondence produced between January 2020 and August 2020 between the Department and the Queensland Government about exemptions for hotel quarantine granted to the security contractor.

Please be advised that the most recent document summarising any of the issues or updating on these issues sought by this request (i.e. a-e) could fulfil the scope of this request.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents relating to security contractor access to exemptions from government-arranged quarantine [PDF 1.1 MB]


FOI reference number LEX3084

Date of access1

16 April 2021

FOI request2

“Documents detailing:

  • How many Australians stranded abroad have applied for financial assistance through DFAT, as of 15 January 2021.
  • How many requests have been granted, as of 15 January 2021.
  • A breakdown of the assistance given. How much per family? How much is provided in grants and how much in loans? What are the criteria for each? What are the repayment terms for loans?
  • Statistical information on who is being helped. What states and cities are they from? Which countries are they in currently? How many family groups? How many minors?
  • How many Australians are stranded abroad and how many are listed as vulnerable.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Information relating to the Financial Assistance Hardship Program and Australians registered with DFAT as wanting to return to Australia [PDF 300 KB]


FOI reference number LEX3358

Date of access1

12 April 2021

FOI request2

“Yesterday the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Senate estimates asked a question with notice about Australia's assistance to the Philippines in drafting the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. The article reported that DFAT responded to the question detailing Australia's assistance to the Philippines in drafting the law. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-helped-draft-philippi…

Under the FOI I request the question asked by Senate estimates and the full answer provided by DFAT”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Senate Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade - Budget Estimates 2020-2021 - QON 136 [PDF 1.4 MB]


FOI reference number LEX3096

Date of access1

9 April 2021

FOI request2

“I would like to ask for a copy of the documents relating to and/or justifying the accreditation of Administrative and Technical Staff in the Australian Embassy in Baghdad in 2003/05.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Administrative and Technical Staff accreditation documents


FOI reference number LEX3118

Date of access1

22 March 2021

FOI request2

“The general policies and procedures of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in scruitnising child passport applications where the non-lodging parent to a passport application has not consented and that parent has a current child alert is in place.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents relating to child passport applications and child alerts


FOI reference number LEX2953

Date of access1

22 March 2021

FOI request2

“I request the fraud and risk health check for the Bougainville Partnership program carried out by KPMG PNG.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Fraud and Risk Health Check of the Bougainville Partnership Program Report


FOI reference number LEX3212

Date of access1

22 February 2021

FOI request2

“All documents (including, but not limited to, briefs and notes of discussion), correspondence and communications (including, but not limited to, emails, letters, text messages, iMessages and messages sent via online or encrypted messaging applications) created or held by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade between 6 November 2020 and 9 November 2020, in relation to Senator Canavan’s comments that, “All we’re being asked to do is give up our access to cheap TVs" as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on 7 November 2020.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents relating to Senator Canavan media comments


FOI reference number LEX2915

Date of access1

22 February 2021

FOI request2

“Any records of contact between DFAT protocol officers and former NSW MP Daryl Maguire between January 2017 and December 2017.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Communications between DFAT and the Office of Daryl Maguire MP between January 2017 and December 2017.


FOI reference number LEX2632

Date of access1

15 February 2021

FOI request2

“I seek the following under FOI: - A document that contains the position titles of officers who were non-ongoing or receiving high duties at any time in the last month - The job advertisement or expression of interest used to appoint officers in non-ongoing positions or on higher duties.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

List of position titles of officers who were non-ongoing or receiving higher duties in August 2020; Position Descriptions for positions which are non-ongoing or on higher duties.


FOI reference number LEX2562

Date of access1

10 February 2021

FOI request2

“Any correspondence between David Vitter and/or Mercury LLC to Ambassador Joe Hockey during 2018 regarding the sanctions imposed by the United States upon Oleg Deripaska and/or his companies.

Any correspondence from Ambassador Joe Hockey and/or his representative to any United States official regarding the sanctions imposed by the United States upon Oleg Deripaska and/or his companies, and any replies.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

Correspondence between the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. and representatives of the United States of America relating to sanctions


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