Freedom of Information Disclosure Log

The Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman is required by s 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011. The disclosure log is found below.

The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:

  • personal information about any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • other information covered by a determination made by the Ombudsman if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.

The information described in the disclosure log table below has been released by the Ombudsman under the FOI Act and is available for public access.

A link is provided if the information can be downloaded from this website or another website.

Information that is not available online may be obtained by emailing us at ombudsman@ombudsman.gov.au or writing to us at GPO Box 442, CANBERRA ACT 2601. A charge may be imposed to reimburse the office for the cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you. There will be no charge for the time spent by the office in processing the FOI request that led to this information being made available. You will be notified if any charge is payable and required to pay the charge before the information is provided.

There may be documents in the disclosure log that are currently not available in PDF format. If you are unable to read the format provided please contact us for an alternative format. We will try to meet all reasonable requests for an alternative format of the document in a timely manner and at the lowest reasonable cost to you.

Information attached to, or referred to, in the office's disclosure log will generally be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.

Notes

  • Most FOI requests to the Ombudsman are made by individuals in relation to their complaint file. Generally, these releases do not meet the criteria for public release in this disclosure log.
  • A document published on the disclosure log may be an edited version of the document originally provided to an applicant because of an exception in s 11C(1) of the FOI Act.

The FOI Act also requires the Ombudsman to proactively publish a range of information under the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). The Ombudsman's IPS entry can be found under Information Publication Scheme.

Information about making an FOI request, in relation to information held by the office, can be found under Seeking Information.

FOI Reference number

Date of access

FOI request

Information published

Other information

2012-10557503/04/2012A request for access to the:

  • Ombudsman office's guidelines on the use of information technology and internet services current as at August 2005 and/or March 2010;
  • Ombudsman office's email management policy 'no. 8/2008' current as at March 2010; and
  • Ombudsman office's 'Staff ICT Guidelines', endorsed on 25 August 2009.
2012-105575 FOI document 1

2012-105575 FOI document 2-1

2012-105575 FOI document 2-2

2012-105575 FOI document 3
  • Full access was granted in relation to two documents;
  • partial access was granted in relation to the other document on the basis of conditional exemptions under s 47E(d) of the FOI Act. The exempt matter was deleted under s 22 of the FOI Act.
2012-11122117/07/2012A request for various documents relating to the 2008 and 2009 Commonwealth Ombudsman Office Christmas parties.2012-111221 FOI document 9Only one of the nine documents to which access was granted has been published on the disclosure log.
2012-11553414/09/2012A request for a draft version of the Ombudsman.s Annual Report for 2010-11.Copies of this document can be requested by calling 1300 362 072 or via email sent to ombudsman@ombudsman.gov.auFull access was granted to this document.
2012-11698727/09/2012A request for access to documents relating to the appointment of Dr Vivienne Thom as Acting Ombudsman in 2010.2012-116987 FOI documentLarge amounts of information were deleted from the documents on the ground of irrelevance.
FOI-2013-1003327 November 2013A request for access to the unabridged report of the Ombudsman No 17/2007.FOI-2013-10033 FOI documentOnly partial access to the document was granted. Information was exempted on the grounds contained in s 45, 47E and 47C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
FOI 2014-1000614/02/2014A request for access to: '...copies of the Certificates of Compliance that the Department of Finance...received from the Commonwealth Ombudsman...for the financial years 2009 2010 and 2011...' FOI 2014-10006 Document 1Full access was granted in relation to all three documents.
FOI 2014-1000817/02/2014A request for access to:
    Certificates of Compliance which is supplied annually to the Department of Finance and Deregulation. These should be for the financial years 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Also under FOI please supply me with the number of Investigations done by the Commonwealth Ombudsman in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Please also supply me under FOI the number of referrals under Section 15  made in the financial years ending in 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Also under FOI the number of investigations that were referred to the Australian Federal Police in 2010, 2011, 2012.
FOI 2014-10008 Document 1
  • Full access was granted in relation to all three Certificates of Compliance. The Certificates of Compliance for 2010, and 2011 were released to the same applicant in response to our reference FOI 2014-10006.
  • The applicant was referred to the relevant Ombudsmans annual report for the statistical information requested.
FOI 2014-1001724/04/2014A request for access to:
    '...the names of all the people on the Commonwealth Ombudsman's Audit Committee for the past three years...'
FOI 2014-10017 Document 1
  • Full access was granted in relation to the document.
FOI 2014-5004822/01/2015A request for access to:
    the 1986 Defence Force Retirement Benefit section 16 report referred to in a presentation delivered by the Commonwealth Ombudsman on 11 April 1991.
FOI 2014-50048 Document 1
  • Partial access was granted to the requested document on the basis of conditional exemptions under s 47F of the FOI Act. The exempt matter was deleted under s 22 of the FOI Act.
FOI 2014-5004805/02/2015A request for access to:
    the 1986 Defence Force Retirement Benefit section 16 report referred to in a presentation delivered by the Commonwealth Ombudsman on 11 April 1991. This section 15 report was attached to the section 16 report.
FOI 2014-50048 FOI Document 2
  • Partial access was granted to the requested document on the basis of conditional exemptions under s 47F of the FOI Act. The exempt matter was deleted under s 22 of the FOI Act.
FOI 2015-5001230/04/2015A request for access to:
    ...All meeting minutes and reports from the monthly meetings between DIBP and the Commonwealth Ombudsman since September 2014....
FOI 2015-50012 FOI Document 1
  • Partial access was granted to the requested document on the basis of conditional exemptions under s 47F of the FOI Act. The exempt matter was deleted under s 22 of the FOI Act. The remaining folios were released with no exemptions or deletions.
FOI 2015-5002425/05/2015A request for access to:
    ...report into the administrative actions taken by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, or AFMA, in determining the Total Allowable Catch relevant to the super trawler FV Magiris...
FOI 2015-50024 FOI Document 1
  • Full access was granted to the requested document.
FOI 2015-5003408/07/2015A request for access to:
    '...[named officer's] position description...'
FOI 2015-50034 FOI Document 1
  • Partial access was granted to the requested document.  Irrelevant parts of the document were redacted under s 22 of the FOI Act.
 FOI 2016-50023 21/04/16

A request for access to:

‘…a list of visits by any Strategic Team to the Detention Centres on Nauru and Manus Island…’

 FOI 2016-50023 FOI document 1
  • Partial access was granted to the requested documents. Irrelevant parts of the documents were redacted under s 22 of the FOI Act.
FOI 2016-5010611/01/17

A request for access to:

‘…All manuals, guidelines, policy documents, intra-departmental email, intra-departmental memos, non-privileged legal advice and legal advice over which client legal privilege is being claimed, relating to:

  • The handling by the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman and staff of acts of Blackmail committed against the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman and staff…’
FOI 2016-50106 FOI document 1
  • Full access was granted to the requested document.
FOI 2017-5001603/04/17

for information relating to the 'Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2016' under Freedom of Information:

"I request copy of all notes, records, minutes, and any and all other documents and records in the Commonwealth Ombudsman's possession and/or control that relate to this "consultation with the Commonwealth Ombudsman" that DVA and/or the Minister for Veterans' Affairs or any other Commonwealth official or Minister had with the Commonwealth Ombudsman (whether directly with the Commonwealth Ombudsman or any staff member of the Commonwealth Ombudsman).

As this matter is being publicly reported and debated in the media, and has generated considerable controversy, this is a matter of public importance and interest, and given these "consultations" are fairly recent events (the subject of Hot Issues Briefs and Question Time Briefs, etc), these records will be well known to OAIC staff and immediately to hand. I therefore argue that it would contrary to the objects and objectives of the Freedom of Information Act to seek to levy charges for access.

Furthermore, I do not consent to the redaction or obfuscation of the names of Commonwealth officials and elected representatives, in any records that fall within the scope of this FOI request."

FOI 2017-50016 FOI documents 1-5
  • Partial access provided
FOI 2017-5004305/07/17

A request for access to:

  • All correspondence between the AFP and the Ombudsman regarding the AFP's illegal access of a journalist's metadata earlier this year, including the "self-report" of the incident.

FOI 2017-50043 FOI document 1

FOI 2017-50043 FOI document 2

  • Partial access was granted to the documents on the basis of exemptions under s 37 of the FOI Act and conditional exemptions under ss 47E and 47F of the FOI Act. The exempt matter was deleted under s 22 of the FOI Act.