Freedom Of Information
Release date: Tue 1 July 2008
Last updated: Mon 25 February 2013
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act gives members of the community a legally enforceable right to information held by the government. Victoria Police supports this right by:
How to contact us
Please note that this office does not have a customer service counter and accordingly any contact must be made via telephone or in writing. Applications can also be submitted online at www.foi.vic.gov.au
How to make a request
You may make a request by sending a letter or application form requesting access to documents together with a cheque for the FOI Application Fee ($25.10). You will also need to provide proof of identification (ie. Birth certificate or a driver's licence). If you are a solicitor submitting a request on your client's behalf, you will need to provide a signed authority from your client. The letter should be sent to the FOI Officer at:
Freedom of Information Office
Your letter should set out clearly the document(s) you require from Victoria Police, as well as providing sufficient detail to enable the document(s) you are seeking to be identified.
Alternatively, requests may be made online by accessing the Department of Justice Freedom of Information Online website at www.foi.vic.gov.au.
What happens to your request?
Once Victoria Police has received your FOI request and the FOI Application Fee, Victoria Police must respond to you in writing as soon as practicable but not later than 45 days outlining its decision on your request.
If Victoria Police refuses you access to the documents sought, you can appeal to the Freedom of Information Commissioner for a review of the decision. You must do so within 28 days of the date the decision was sent to you. The FOI Commissioner has 30 days to conduct its review, unless the applicant agrees to an extended period in writing. The lodgement of a request for a review is not subject to any fees or costs. For further information see www.foicommissioner.vic.gov.au
Need more information?
Further information regarding Freedom of Information can be obtained from the Department of Justice Freedom of Information Online website at www.foi.vic.gov.au.