Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives every person the right to obtain access to documents held by AUSTRAC, subject to specific exemptions which are set out in the FOI Act.
The FOI Act also creates a right to amend/correct misleading or out-of-date information; however, it does not create a right to have documents created or destroyed.
To make a valid request for documents under the FOI Act, the application must:
Persons who wish to make a request should contact the Freedom of Information Officer on (02) 6120 2631, in the first instance.
AUSTRAC prefers applicants to use the Freedom of Information request for documentation form that can be also accessed below in Word and PDF formats. The information sought in this form is to assist the Freedom of Information Officer to identify and locate the nominated documents. Please provide as much information as possible about the documents you are seeking.
Requests for documents can be sent to AUSTRAC either by post or email to:
Ph: 02 6120 2631
Potential FOI applicants should also check the information AUSTRAC has published under its Information Publication Scheme (IPS) and FOI disclosure log to see if the information they seek is already publicly available. The IPS and the FOI disclosure log are located at www.austrac.gov.au/ips.html.
No application fee is required.
Processing charges may apply for non-personal information, in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Fees and Charges) regulations.
Other requests for information
The Freedom of Information Officer can also assist with subpoenas and notices to produce.
All disclosure of AUSTRAC information, other than under the FOI Act, is to be determined in accordance with the provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act). Part 11 of the AML/CTF Act sets out the secrecy and access provisions applying to what is termed 'AUSTRAC information'.
If you need further information regarding these provisions, please do not hesitate to contact the Freedom of Information Officer (details above).