Freedom of Information

Access to government information promotes a culture of transparency and helps to make government more accountable. Freedom of information (FOI) arrangements in the ACT allow the public to be more informed and participate effectively in government.

ACT agencies are required to release certain types of information under the Open Access Scheme set out in the ACT FOI Act. This includes information about how an agency operates, published reports and policy documents. Before making an access application, we recommend you check if the information you are seeking has already been published under Open Access requirements

The ACT Ombudsman provides independent oversight of the FOI Act to help ensure it:

  • provides the right to access government information
  • promotes a culture of openness and transparency, increasing government accountability
  • improves public understanding of government decisions
  • promotes public participation in government.