Freedom of Information (FOI) Requests
The objects of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) are to give the Australian community broad access to information held by the Government by requiring agencies to proactively publish certain information and giving citizens a right of access to documents. Information held by the Government and its agencies is to be regarded as a national resource and treated accordingly.
Members of the public seeking access to documents held by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions may lodge a Freedom of Information (FOI) request with the Agency.
Given the legal nature of the work that the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) performs, applicants should however bear in mind that often, many of the documents generated during a prosecution will be subject to Legal Professional Privilege (LPP), which may significantly reduce the number of documents we are able to release. Further, documents that contain personal information may also be subject to exemptions provided for under the FOI Act.
The COVID-19 pandemic may impact the CDPP’s ability to process FOI requests. Where necessary, the CDPP will seek an applicant’s agreement to extend the processing timeframe.