Vehicle Owner Details

Dwaine made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Dear Department of Infrastructure and Transport,

I would like to contact the previous owner of an abandonded vehicle, as I wish to register this vehicle in my name. but due to privacy laws, my local D O T can not issue me the information required.

Yours faithfully,


FOI, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Dear Dwaine

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport (the Department) does not hold vehicle registration details. This information is held by the relevant State motor registry offices. As such, it is unlikely that the Department would hold any information about the previous owner of said vehicle.

If you wish to proceed with a request under the Freedom of Information Acts 1982 (FOI Act) you will need to submit a valid FOI request. Section 15 of the FOI Act 1982 provides that:

15(2) The request must:
(aa) state that the request is an application for the purposes of this Act; and
(b) provide such information concerning the document as is reasonably necessary to enable a responsible officer of the agency, or the Minister, to identify it;

Taking the above into consideration I would be grateful if you could confirm that you are seeking documents in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982, and provide detail about documents you are seeking access to, not information.

Please be advised that until such time as a valid FOI request is received from you, your current request will not be progressed.

Freedom of Information (FOI) Coordinator
Governance, Planning and Reporting Section
Governance and Reporting Branch | Corporate Services Division
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
D (02) 6274 6495

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