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Fees and Charges Payable under the FOI Act

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A standard application fee of $30 is payable on each application made under the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (FOI Act), unless the application is for personal information only.

Charges will be made for the processing of each application, unless the application is for personal information only.

The Glossary, Schedule 2 of the FOI Act states that:

"personal information means information or an opinion, whether true of not, and whether recorded on a material form or not, about an individual, whether living or dead -

(a) whose identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained from the information or opinion; or

(b) who can be identified by reference to an identification number or other identifying particular such as a fingerprint, retina print or body sample."

No fees or charges are payable for either access to, or amendment of, personal information.

The charges are as follows:

  • Time taken to deal with the application - $30 per hour
  • If access is by means of inspection, charge for access time supervised by staff - $30 per hour
  • Photocopying - $30 per hour, plus charge per copy - 20c
  • Time taken for staff to transcribe information - $30 per hour or pro rata for parts thereof
  • Duplication of a tape, film or computer information - Actual cost
  • Delivery, packaging and postage - Actual cost
  • Additional cost to agency of any special arrangements - Actual cost

Reduction of charges for the financially disadvantaged

The Regulations of the FOI Act provide that, for an applicant who is:

"(a) impecunious [financially disadvantaged], in the opinion of the agency to whom the application is made; or

(b) the holder of a currently valid pensioner concession card issued on behalf of the Commonwealth to that person, or any other card which may be prescribed as being a pensioner concession card under the Rates and Charges (Rebates and Deferments Act) 1992,

the charge payable... is reduced by 25%"

Advance deposits

Under section 18 of the FOI Act, an advance deposit may be required by the agency.  The deposit is 25% of the estimated charges which will be payable in excess of the application fee.

Further advance deposits, up to 75% of the total charges payable in excess of the application fee, may also be sought by the agency.

Cost estimates

If an agency estimates that the cost of dealing with an access application may exceed $25, section 17 of the FOI Act requires agencies to issue the applicant with a cost estimate, outlining the basis on which the estimate has been made.  This must be done before the agency finishes dealing with the application.

Review procedures

You have the right to request an internal review of any fees and charges.  To do so, please send a written application for internal review to the Department's Manager Freedom of Information.  There is not charge for an internal review.

Further information

FOI applications, payments, correspondence and general inquiries may be directed to:

Manager, Freedom of Information
Level 9 Dumas House
2 Havelock Street
WEST PERTH  WA  6005

Tel: (08) 6552 5591
Fax: (08) 6552 6730
Email:  foiunit@dpc.wa.gov.au


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