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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 LEX4606

Date of access1

24 December 2021

FOI request2

A schedule of documents, files, folders, and metadata associated with the following indexed files:

  • 19/15380: OVERSEAS AID - REPORTING - Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria - Office of the Inspector General, Audits, Reports and Results – 2019
  • 20/5505: OVERSEAS AID - PROGRAMS - RP Audit Outcomes
  • 17/13282: PASSPORT SERVICES - AUDIT - Diplomatic and Official Passports - 2016 - 2017

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX4606 [PDF 3.2 MB]


FOI reference number LEX4426

Date of access1

24 December 2021

FOI request2

Report produced by ‘The Ethics Centre’ following a feasibility study into proxy indicators for monitoring Afghanistan - CN3654645

Information published in the disclosure log3

LEX4426 [PDF 10 MB]


FOI reference number LEX4712

Date of access1

24 December 2021

FOI request2

‘Opt out’ from use of information for training purposes

Information published in the disclosure log3

Opt out from use of information for training purposes [PDF 136 KB]


FOI reference number LEX3832

Date of access1

24 December 2021

FOI request2

Vaccine Capability and Gap Analysis reports

Information published in the disclosure log3

Vaccine Capability and Gap Analysis reports [PDF 34 KB]


FOI reference number LEX4376

Date of access1

16 December 2021

FOI request2

Website visitor statistics for 2019-20 and 2020-21

Information published in the disclosure log3

Website visitor statistics for 2019-20 and 2020-21 [PDF 99 KB]


FOI reference number LEX935

Date of access1

15 December 2021

FOI request2

  1. With respect to any agreements between DFAT (including the Overseas Property Office) and the owner of specified properties in Honiara for the relevant period in 2014 to 2016:
    • The section of the agreement setting out the amount payable by DFAT.
  2. With respect to any agreements or MOUs during the relevant period in 2016 to 2018 between DFAT (including the Overseas Property Office) and the AFP, Home Affairs or other Australian Government agencies concerning the occupation of staff from those agencies of apartments at the specified complex in Port Moresby:
    • The section of the agreement setting out the amount payable by DFAT.

Information published in the disclosure log3

Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and variations entered into by the department in relation to residential tenancies in Honiara and Port Moresby showing the amount of rent payable [PDF 14 MB]


FOI reference number LEX4386

Date of access1

30 November 2021

FOI request2

Information about DFAT-organised repatriation flights from 20 March 2020 to 12 September 2021.

Information published in the disclosure log3

List of repatriation flights from 20 March 2020 to 12 September 2021 [PDF 469 KB]


FOI reference number LEX4356

Date of access1

3 November 2021

FOI request2

Correspondence with the UN regarding the 2009 Montara Oil Spill in the Timor Sea.

Information published in the disclosure log3

Documents relating to Australia’s response to the UN Special Rapporteur regarding the 2009 Montara Oil Spill in the Timor Sea [PDF 12 MB]


FOI reference number LEX4372

Date of access1

3 November 2021

FOI request2

the policies and procedures around the scope of who can access a COVID Vaccine
for locally engaged staff employed abroad.

Information published in the disclosure log3

DFAT Intranet page – Frequently Asked Questions – Vaccine access [PDF 600 KB]


FOI reference number LEX4358

Date of access1

2 November 2021

FOI request2

  1. DFAT's submission document to the AWEI scheme;
  2. Data collated by DFAT for provision to Pride in Diversity and AWEI scheme;
  3. Results of AWEI employee survey conducted by DFAT on DFAT employees;
  4. Invoices to ACON and Pride in Diversity

Information published in the disclosure log3

July 2021 Invoice to DFAT from ACON [PDF 700 KB]


FOI reference number LEX4322

Date of access1

2 November 2021

FOI request2

  • How many Australians stranded abroad have applied for financial assistance through DFAT, as of 21 August 2021.
  • How many requests have been granted, as of 21 August 2021.
  • How many requests have been Declined, as of 21 August 2021.
  • How many grants have been approved, as of 21 August 2021.and the total value of these grants?
  • 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? as of 21 August 2021
  • How many Australians are stranded abroad and how many are listed as vulnerable, as of 21 August 2021

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 LEX3878

Date of access1

30 September 2021

FOI request2

…documents held by DFAT relating to the ‘Australia Awards single brand initiative’ announced by former PM Kevin Rudd in November 2009. 

  1. I would therefore like to restrict the material to meetings held in 2010 and 2011.
  2. I would like to have access to agendas for those meetings (including attachments) and minutes of those meetings.
  3. I do not require any background documentation/consultations on the composition of the board (membership), or any administrative details about scheduling of meetings.

Information published in the disclosure log3

Minutes and agendas of Board Meetings of the Australia Awards Board between 2010 and 2011, relating to the ‘single brand initiative’ [PDF 6 MB]


FOI reference number LEX2298

Date of access1

29 September 2021

FOI request2

All documents that contain references to:

  1. Jeffrey Epstein
  2. Ghislaine Maxwell
  3. Both Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell

Between 01/01/2006 – 01/06/2009 & 01/01/2019 – 23/07/2020

Information published in the disclosure log3

Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell 2006 – 2009 and 2019-2020 [PDF 3.12 MB]


FOI reference number LEX3549

Date of access1

24 August 2021

FOI request2

  • cable{s) reporting the results of the Oslo Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (4-5 March 2013).
  • cab/e(s), probably from the Australian mission to the UN in Geneva, reporting the approval of the draft report of the Openended Working Group taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament {UN reference number A/AC.286/L.1}.

Information published in the disclosure log3

Cables reporting on the 2013 Oslo Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, and the outcome of the Open Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament [PDF 2 MB]


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 LEX2372

Date of access1

28 July 2021

FOI request2

The DFAT Secretary mentioned in Senate Estimates on 24 October that DFAT undertakes business briefings on key strategic issues, including the China relationship, under an initiative called "A Strategic Dialogue with Business".

Sec Adamson said four such briefings were undertaken during 2018-19 - 6 Dec 2018, 25 March 2019, 12 June 2019, 30 July 2019.

We seek any official presentations and speeches prepared for the events.

Information published in the disclosure log3

Secretary’s speaking notes prepared for the Strategic Dialogue with Business forums [PDF 11.2 MB]


FOI reference number LEX 850

Date of access1

16 July 2021

FOI request2

“All SAP searches undertaken in the course of that original application (being the release of information outside of the FOI Act on 2 May 2019), including the search terms used, and the results of each of those searches.”

Information published in the disclosure log3

SAP search results associated with salary and relocation expenses at London Post [PDF 860 KB]


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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