Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

I am writing to request information on the dates when each country established diplomatic relations with Australia.

Yours faithfully,

John Smith

FOI FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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FOI Request: LEX 10926


Dear John Smith


Thank you for your email received by the Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade (the department) on 21 May 2024 seeking access to information under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). 


This email sets out some information about your request.  


Scope of request: 

You have sought access to: 


‘…information on the dates when each country established diplomatic
relations with Australia.’


Your request is not valid 


Having reviewed your email, we do not consider that it currently meets the
requirements of a valid FOI request under the FOI Act. This is because the
right of access under the FOI Act provides for access to documents, not
information. Your enquiry does not clearly identify the documents you are
seeking. Rather than requesting access to a document held by the
department, you have requested information. As such, the purpose of this
email is to assist you in making a valid FOI request.


How to make a valid request 


To be considered valid, your request must provide such
information concerning the documents you are requesting, as is reasonably
necessary to enable a reasonable officer of the department to identify the
documents requested. 


Please be advised that some of the information that you are seeking access
to is available at [1]Foreign relations of Australia - Wikipedia.


If you would like to proceed with a valid FOI request you can reply by
return email to [2][DFAT request email]. 


Further information about how to lodge a valid request under the FOI Act
can be found at



FOI Section

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