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Purpose of Freedom of Information (FOI)

The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 , (“the FOI Act”) is to give members of the public rights of access to information held by the Government of the Commonwealth and of its agencies. Under the FOI Act, members of the public can seek access to documents held by the National Mental Health Commission (the Commission).  

Making a Freedom of Information (FOI) request

Requests to access documents from the Commission must: 

  • be made in writing;
  • state that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act;
  • provide enough information to clearly identify the documents sought. 

If you would like to make an FOI request or would like further information about FOI, please contact the Freedom of Information Coordinatorat: 

By email: enquiries@mentalhealthcommission.gov.au

By Post: PO Box R1463 Royal Exchange, NSW 2000 

Charges

There is no fee for making an FOI request.  The FOI Act provides that charges may be imposed for processing requests (except where you are seeking documents containing your own personal information).  Should your FOI request incur any charges, you will be provided with an estimate of the applicable charges.  Your request will not proceed until a response to the estimate is received by the Commission.

The Commission may decide to remit, reduce or not impose processing charges under certain circumstances. 

FOI Disclosure Log

The Commission is required by s 11C of the FOI Act to disclose access decisions through a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log provides access to information which has been released in response to an FOI request.

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 Australian Information Commissioner 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 that is described in this disclosure log is information that has been released by Health under the FOI Act 1982 and is available for public access.

Documents released by the National Mental Health Commission in response to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.

FOI Reference Number Summary of FOI request Date released
2012-13    
12/1 Declarations of conflicts of interest by National Mental Health Commission Commissioners 5 Sept 2012
2013-14    
13/1      Documents relating to the “Can we talk…about mental health and suicide?” Report 11 July 2013  
13/2 Request pertaining to the Contract "Snapshot of Australian community attittudes to mental health and suicide"  15 Oct 2013
2014-15 No FOI requests received  
2015-16    
 15/1 Information about the Register of Interests for National Mental Health Commissions 2 Oct 2015

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