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Requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 1982

The objects of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) are to give the Australian community access to information held by the Commonwealth Government by:

  • requiring agencies to publish information
  • providing for a right of access to documents

This right of access is subject to certain exemptions contained in Part IV of the FOI Act.

You also have a right to ask for information that the Seacare Authority holds about you to be amended if it is incomplete, out of date, incorrect or misleading.

All decisions made under the FOI Act must be made by an authorised decision maker.

How to make an FOI request

If you require access to non-claim related documents held by the Seacare Authority, you will need to make a valid request for access.

For your request to be valid under the the FOI Act, it must:

  • be in writing
  • state that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act
  • provide information concerning the document as is reasonably necessary to enable the Seacare Authority to identify it
  • give details of how notices under the FOI Act may be sent to you (for example by providing an electronic address to which notices may be sent by electronic communication)

The request must be sent to the Seacare Authority, and may be sent to:

  • post: FOI Coordinator, Seacare Authority, GPO Box 9905, Canberra ACT 2601
  • sending by electronic communication to

The FOI Act requires an agency to take reasonable steps to assist an applicant in making a valid FOI request. If you require further information in relation to making a FOI request, please write to or call 02 6275 0070.

Last updated: 07 Dec 2016