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An important notice under current COVID-19 pandemic conditions. The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic may directly affect the Reef Authority’s ability to process FOI requests now and into the future. 

Your FOI request may be subject to a delay due to mandatory COVID-19 response measures impacting the Reef Authority’s staff, meaning that your request may not be able to be actioned within statutory timeframes.

In the circumstances that your FOI request is delayed as a result of mandatory COVID-19 response measures, we may seek your agreement to extend the processing timeframe under s15AA of the Freedom of Information Act.

If you do not agree to an extension of the processing timeframe, the Reef Authority may apply to the OAIC for an extension of time under ss 15AB, 15AC or 54D of the Freedom of Information Act.

Freedom of Information requests

  • The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives any person the right to:
  • access copies of documents (except exempt documents) we hold,
  • ask for information we hold about you to be changed or annotated if it is incomplete, out of date, incorrect or misleading, and
  • seek a review of our decision not to allow you access to a document or not to amend your personal record

 

We can refuse access to some documents or parts of documents that are exempt.

Exempt documents may include those relating to national security, documents containing material obtained in confidence and Cabinet documents, or other matters set out in the Freedom of Information Act.

Some information may be available to you without an FOI request.

For example, documents containing your personal information or documents already publicly available.  

For this reason, we encourage you to speak to the Reef Authority’s FOI Contact Officer on (07) 4750 0700 about the information you are seeking before making an FOI request to  us.

We also encourage you to check the information we have published under the Information Publication Scheme and FOI disclosure log to see if what you are seeking is already available.

  • All FOI request must:
  • be in writing
  • state that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act
  • provide information about the document(s) to assist us to process your request
  • provide an address for reply
  • clearly state which agency your request relates to.

 

A sample application form is available but you do not have to use it. If you prefer, you can just write to us.

Please note that a detailed description of the documents you are seeking will assist the Reef Authority to search for all relevant documents and specifying any exclusions from the scope of your request may also speed up your request and may reduce processing charges (if any).

It is also helpful to nominate your preferred method of receiving correspondence from the Reef Authority.

If you ask a third party to make an FOI request on your behalf, you need to provide specific, written authority for us to send copies of documents to you, care of that person, or to allow that person to inspect copies of documents containing information about you.

You can submit your FOI request to us via email or post, as follows:

The FOI Contact Officer
c/- Legal Services
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379
TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810
If you require assistance with your request, please contact the FOI Contact Officer on (07) 4750 0700 or by email.

There is no application fees for an FOI request. There are no processing charges for requests for access to documents containing only personal information about you.

Processing charges may apply to other requests.

  • The most common charges are: 
  • Search and retrieval (time we spend searching for or retrieving a document): $15.00 per hour 
  • Decision making: time we spend in deciding to grant or refuse a request, including examining documents, consulting with other parties, and making deletions: $20.00 per hour
  • Photocopying: $0.10c per page 
  • Transcript: preparing a transcript from a sound recording, shorthand or similar medium - $4.40 per page per transcript
  • Inspection: supervision by an agency officer of your inspection of documents of hearing or viewing an audio or visual recording at our premises: $6.25 per half hour (or part thereof)
  • Delivery: posting or delivering a copy of a document at your request: cost of postage or delivery

 

If the request incurs a charge, we will send you a written estimate of the estimated cost.

Where the estimated charge is between $20.00 and $100.00, we may ask you to pay a deposit of $20.00, or where the estimated charge exceeds $100.00, we may ask you to pay a 25 percent deposit before we process your request.

You may request the charge to be waived or reduced. If you do make such a request, you should provide an explanation of your reasons.

You may be requested to provide evidence based on your explanation.

  • What you can expect from us:

  • you will be notified within 14 days of receipt of your request.

  • you will be provided with an estimate of the charges that will apply.

  • our decision will be given within 30 days unless that time has been extended. If a document contains information about a third party, we will need to consult them and this may result in an extension of the time to give you our decision by another 30 days.

  • we may also seek your agreement to extend the time by up to 30 days if your request is complex.

If you disagree with our decision

When a decision has been made about your FOI request, we will send you a letter explaining our decision, your review and appeal rights.

  • You can ask for the following decisions to be reviewed:
  • if we refuse to give you access to all or part of a document or if we defer giving you access
  • if we impose a charge
  • if we refuse to change or annotate information about you that you claim is incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading.

If a third party disagrees with our decision to give you documents that contains information about them, the third party can also ask for our decision to be reviewed.

You can request in writing that we reconsider our decision through an internal review.

An internal review will be conducted by another officer in our agency.

We will advise you of our new decision within 30 days of receiving your request.

You can ask the Australian Information Commissioner to review our original decision or our decision on internal review within 60 days of the date of decision (or 30 days after you are notified if you are an affected third party).

The Information Commissioner can affirm or vary the decision or substitute a new decision.

The Information Commissioner may decide not to conduct a review in certain circumstances.

More information is available at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website.

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request, you can complain to the Australian Information Commissioner who may investigate our actions.

More information is available on the OAIC’s website at www.oaic.gov.au.

The Commonwealth Ombudsman can also investigate complaints about our actions.

However, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Information Commissioner will consult to avoid the same matter being investigated twice.

If you require further information, please contact our FOI Contact Officer on (07) 4750 0700 or by email.

Freedom of Information Disclosure Log

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the Reef Authority) is required by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to publish a disclosure log on its website.  

The disclosure log lists information that has been released in response to an FOI request.

The Reef Authority will not publish the following information if it is considered ‘unreasonable’ to do so:

Personal information about any person

  • Information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person;
  • Other information covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner; and

The information described the Reef Authority’s disclosure log has been released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority under the FOI Act and is available for public access.  

To access documents listed in the disclosure log, write to us:

By post:
Freedom of Information Contact Officer
C/- Legal Services
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379, Townsville, QLD, 4810
By email: foi@gbrmpa.gov.au

 

Please ensure you include the FOI reference number in your request. A charge may be imposed for the costs incurred by the Reef Authority in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you.

There will be no charge for the time spent by the  Reef Authority in processing the original FOI request that led to this information being made available.

You will be notified if any charge is payable and you will be required to pay the charge before the information is provided.

There may be documents in the disclosure log that are currently not available in HTML format. If you are unable to read the format provided please contact the Freedom of Information Contact Officer via email at: foi@gbrmpa.gov.au.

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 referred to in the Reef Authority's disclosure log will generally be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.

Freedom of Information Disclosure Log

  • FOI reference number: 218/22
  • Date of access: 25 July 2022
  • FOI request: Documents (including briefings) between the Reef Authority and the Minister for the Environment or the Minister’s Office relating to the release of the Reef Summer Snapshot for 2021- 22 between 1 April 2022 and 11 May 2022
  • Information published in the disclosure log: Internal and external correspondence and Ministerial Submission (brief)

  • FOI reference number: 216/22
  • Date of access: 13 April 2022
  • FOI request: Application no G44851.1 filed on 29 October 2020
  • Information published in the disclosure log: Application no G44851.1

  • FOI reference number: 213/21
  • Date of access: 22 July 2021
  • FOI request: Correspondence between the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and UNESCO regarding the Great Barrier Reef between the dates of 8 June 2021 and 23 June 2021
  • Information published in the disclosure log: External correspondence 

  • FOI reference number: 212/20
  • Date of access: 16 November 2020
  • FOI request: Documents relating to Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements (TUMRA) development 
  • Information published in the disclosure log: Consent form for TUMRA development 

  • FOI reference number: 209/19
  • Date of access: 12 June 2020
  • FOI request: Correspondence relating to Australia's State Party Report on the state of Conservation of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
  • Information published in the disclosure log: External correspondence, reports, plans and meeting agendas

  • FOI reference number: 208/19
  • Date of access: 22 May 2020
  • FOI request: Documents containing communications relating to the peer review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Outlook Report 2019
  • Information published in the disclosure log: Internal and external correspondence, permission application assessments, and policy documents

  • FOI reference number: 205/19
  • Date of access: 23 March 2020
  • FOI request: Documents relating to the reasons for declaring hovercraft as a kind of 'managed vessel' for the purposes of the Great Barrier Reef Zoning Plan 2003
  • Information published in the disclosure log: Internal and external correspondence, permission application assessments, and policy documents

  • FOI reference number: 207/19
  • Date of access: 2 December 2019
  • FOI request: Documents relating to helipontoons at Hardy Reef and a helicopter accident that occurred on 21 March 2018 
  • Information published in the disclosure log: Current and expired permits, plans, reports and internal and external correspondence

  • Date that the FOI applicant was given access to a document under S11A
  • Summary of information provided under S11A
  • Agencies may note here, for example, whether that information is no longer available or has been revised by the Reef Authority or the Minister 

Order FOI documents 

Should you wish to obtain a copy/copies of a document or documents released under the above FOI requests, written requests should be made to the Freedom of Information Contact Officer, C/-Legal Services, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, PO Box 1379, Townsville, QLD, 4810 or lodged via email to FOI@gbrmpa.gov.au
Created Mon, 2022-08-15 21:20
Updated 22 Aug 2022
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