This audit would assess the effectiveness and efficiency of entities’ administration of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

The FOI Act and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 form the legislative framework that provides the public with a right of access to government documents. The ANAO previously undertook an audit of the administration of the FOI Act in 2017.

The Australian Information Commissioner‘s freedom of information functions include conducting merits review of decisions of agencies made under the FOI Act and the handling of complaints. The Information Commissioner is supported in these functions by the Freedom of Information Commissioner, appointed in March 2022. A new whole-of-government information management policy was adopted on 1 January 2021.

Work program portfolios

This potential Performance audit is featured in 2 annual audit work program portfolios: