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Freedom of Information requests
From 21 July 2014, if you are seeking documents that are related to approved active constituents or registered chemical products, you must apply in writing to make an Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code request (Agvet Code request).
Purpose of Freedom of Information (FOI)
The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (external site) (the FOI Act) is to give members of the public rights of access to information held by the Australian Government and its agencies.
What documents can be accessed?
You can apply under the FOI Act for the following:
- personal information
- policy information
- internal APVMA reports
- documents related to unapproved active constituents
- documents related to unregistered or deregistered chemical products
Information related to approved active constituents and registered chemical products can be accessed by submitting an Agvet Code Request.
Making a Freedom of Information request
The request must:
- be in writing; and
- state that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act; and
- provide enough information to the APVMA to clearly identify the documents sought; and
- must not relate to an approved active constituent or registered chemical product.
FOI requests requests can be submitted via email or post:
Freedom of Information team
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
PO Box 6182
KINGSTON ACT 2604
The FOI Act provides that charges may be imposed for processing FOI requests.
The APVMA may decide to reduce or not impose charges for any reason, including where the applicant can establish grounds of financial hardship or general public interest.
Cheques and money orders are to be made payable to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. You may also pay by credit card.
Contacts and further information
Please contact the FOI team if you would like further information.
Phone: +61 2 6210 4785
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner provides useful information about FOI processes more generally.