Review Application Form
Making an application for an Information Commissioner review
Before you start
You can save this form to your computer so you can come back to it later.
Fields marked with an asterisk (*
) must be completed before you can submit the form.
You can save details of your original FOI request in a separate document (i.e. a Word document) and attach it to the Review
Details section of this form.
If you have trouble completing the form please send an email to [email address]
This form is sent to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner via a secure system to ensure your personal
information is protected.
What happens to your application?
Staff of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will assess the information you have provided and decide the
appropriate next steps. We will then contact you.
We will use the information you have provided to assess your application and conduct the review. We will usually disclose the
information you give us to the agency or minister who made the FOI decision and, if necessary, others who have information
relevant to your review. In the case of a challenge to a decision by this Office, we may need to disclose some information to a
review body, for example a court or tribunal.
Your personal information will be used and stored in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles.
You can also submit a review request in writing, by email
, fax or in person by visiting one of our offices.
(You must provide at least one contact method)
First Name *
Last Name *
Please note, we are not able to accept anonymous requests for review of an FOI decision.
Are you representing an organisation? *
Preferred contact method *
Phone (daytime) *
You must provide an email or postal address so that we can send you notices.
Postal Address *
Other contact details (eg. fax or international address) *
[FOI #2151 email]
Further instructions (for example, if you need an interpreter and in which language)
Are you submitting the application on behalf of someone else? *
Minister or Agency Information
Please select the Australian Government agency or minister who made the FOI decision you want reviewed. *
If you want more than one decision reviewed, you will need to make a separate application for each decision.
Australian Government Agency
Please select the Australian Government Agency that made the decision you want reviewed. *
Australian Federal Police
Australian Taxation Office
Department of Defence
Department of Education
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Department of Human Services
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Department of Employment
Department of Health
Refugee Review Tribunal
Migration Review Tribunal
Previous contact with the agency
If the agency has given you a reference number relevant to your FOI request, please tell us this number/s. (We do not need to
know your tax file number so please do not provide it).
Information Commissioner review details
Have you received a decision? *
Date of the decision you want reviewed. *
There are time limits for lodging a review application. Please see our website for more detail.
Please identify the reason you are applying for a review. *
the agency or Minister refused me access to documents or parts of documents I wanted to access.
the agency or Minister has deferred my access to the documents I wanted to access.
the agency or Minister has refused to make corrections to my personal information.
the agency or Minister decided to release information about me or my business and I believe it should not be released.
I believe I have been charged incorrectly.
the agency or Minister granted me access to documents but I have not received them.
the agency or Minister granted access to a qualified person and not directly to me.
the agency or Minister refused to extend the time for me to seek an internal review
Please provide a summary of why you think the decision is wrong
The Agency has advised that "The ATO does not process FOI requests received via righttoknow.org.au."
What action or result would you like from the Information Commissioner? *
The OAIC should direct the ATO to process my request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and the FOI
If you have contacted us before about this matter, please provide the reference number we gave you
To start a review, the Office needs a copy of the decision you want reviewed. Without the decision, we will not be able to start your
review. We also recommend that you attach a copy of your FOI request and internal review request, if applicable. If you are lodging the
review for someone else, you should also attach any documents which indicate you are authorised to act for that person.
You can attach these documents electronically or by post. You may also attach other relevant documents that support your application.
Do you have any electronic documents that you want to send electronically with this online application for review? *
Please add any documents to be sent electronically with this form
(Please ensure that the total size of each attachment does not exceed 2MB
Please ensure that the total size of all attachments does not exceed 10MB)
Size (in KB)
Do you have paper documents you are posting to the Office in support of your application? *
If you have documents to post, after you have submitted this form electronically, please print it and attach it to your documents so we
can relate them to your electronic application. Post your documents to:
Director Compliance (Merits Review)
GPO Box 5218
Sydney NSW 2001
Submitting your application for an Information Commissioner review of an FOI decision
Please review the information contained in your application for a review. If you would like to change anything you can return to any area
of the form to make changes.
Once you submit the application you will receive a confirmation message with a receipt number saying that your Application for Review
has been sent to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner for processing. Please take note of the receipt number so you
can use it when enquiring about the status of your application.
What happens next? The Office will assess your application and then contact you about the next steps in our process.
If you have not yet completed your form and want to work on it later click:
The 'Save' button allows you to save a draft copy of this form to your local computer so you can
access this Review request form without being connected to the internet.
When you are ready to submit your form click:
Save & Submit
The 'Save & Submit’ button will allow you to submit your application to the Office of the Australian
Information Commissioner for processing and save a local copy.