Freedom of Information

This page provides information about the FOI Act, how to make an FOI request, charges, and contacts for further information.

The object of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) is to give the Australian community access to information held by the Australian Government. The FOI Act aims to achieve this objective by:

  • requiring agencies to publish certain information on a website
  • providing a right of access to documents.

Details about certain documents that we have released under the FOI Act can be viewed at our FOI disclosure log.


Right of access under the FOI Act

The FOI Act gives any person the right to:

  • access copies of documents (except exempt documents) we hold
  • ask for information we hold about you to be changed or annotated if it is incomplete, out of date, incorrect or misleading
  • seek a review of our decision not to allow you access to a document or not to amend your personal record.

We can refuse access to some documents, or parts of documents that are exempt. Exempt documents may include those relating to national security, documents containing material obtained in confidence and Cabinet documents, or other matters set out in the FOI Act.


Making an FOI request

Requests to access documents from ASADA must:

  • be in writing
  • state that the application is made under the FOI Act
  • provide enough information concerning the documents sought as is reasonably necessary to enable a responsible officer of the agency to identify them
  • give details of how notices may be sent to the applicant (for example, a postal or email address).

Applications to the agency may be sent in one of the following ways:

Via email to the following address:

Via pre-paid post:
You should mail your request to the following address:

FOI Contact Officer
Legal Services
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
PO Box 1744



There is no fee for making an FOI request. The FOI Act provides that charges may be imposed for processing requests (except where you are seeking documents containing your own personal information). Should your FOI request incur any charges, you will be provided with an estimate of the applicable charges. Your request will not proceed until a response to the estimate is received by ASADA.

We may decide to remit, reduce or not impose processing charges under certain circumstances.


What happens after your application is submitted?

  • We will acknowledge receipt of your FOI request.
  • If the applicant is liable to pay a processing charge we will send them an assessment of the charge as soon as practicable.
  • Our FOI officer will deal with the application in accordance with the requirements of the FOI Act and an authorised decision maker will make a decision on access to the documents requested.
  • When we have made a decision about the FOI request, we will send a letter explaining our decision and your review and appeal rights.
  • ASADA will make arrangements for you to be given access to the documents in accordance with the decision letter.


If you disagree with our decision

You can ask for the following decisions to be reviewed where we:

  • refuse to give you access to all or part of a document or we defer giving you access
  • impose a charge
  • refuse to change or annotate information about you that you claim is incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading.

A third party who disagrees with our decision to give you documents that contain information about them can also ask for our decision to be reviewed.


Internal review

You can request in writing that we reconsider our decision through an internal review. An internal review will be conducted by another decision maker in ASADA. We will advise you of our new decision within 30 days of receiving your request.


Information Commissioner review

You can ask the Australian Information Commissioner to review our original decision or our decision on internal review within 60 days of the date of decision (or 30 days after you are notified if you are an affected third party).

The Australian Information Commissioner can affirm or vary the decision or substitute a new decision. The Australian Information Commissioner may decide not to conduct a review in certain circumstances. More information is available at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website at


If you are unhappy with the way that ASADA has handled your request, you can complain to the Australian Information Commissioner who may investigate our actions. More information is available on the OAIC’s website at

More information

If you require more information, please contact the FOI Contact Officer by email at