The Federal Attorney-General's Department recently removed PDF documents relating to new Freedom of Information requests from its website, forcing those seeking access to the documents to email or otherwise communicate with it directly. This has substantially reduced access to a number of sensitive documents and has broken with precedent used by other Federal Government departments.

The issue of FoI with respect to the Attorney-General’s Department is particularly pertinent for technologists because the issues the department is working on — with respect to copyright reform, Internet piracy, data retention and telecommunications surveillance — are key issues of interest for Australia’s technology sector. The department often publishes important FoI documents relating to these issues.

Because of these reasons, Delimiter has established a mirror of PDF documents published by the Department under Freedom of Information laws. This mirror publishes PDF documents released by the Department as it releases them. The mirror will not seek to replicate all of the documents which the Department releases under FoI laws, but will publish those documents which are relevant in some way to the Australian technology industry. Initially, the mirror has published all documents of this nature which the Department has released in 2013. We hope to add previous years at some point.


Name Date Abstract Returned files
Documents released in response to FOI request 13/199—communications between the Attorney-General’s Office, the Attorney-General’s Department and other departments about how FOI requests should be handled 24 December 2013 Documents released in response to FOI request FOI 13/199 – documents related to communications between the Attorney-General, the Attorney-General’s Office, the Attorney-General’s Department and other departments in the period 8 September 2013 to 5 November 2013 about how FOI requests should be handled. FOI documents 3, 5, 6 & 8 - combined - redacted 1.pdf
Documents released in response to FOI request FOI13/169—documents related to 'permission to import' permits issued to HK Systems under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 from 1 January 2007 to 18 October 2013 19 December 2013 Documents released in response to FOI request FOI13/169—documents related to 'permission to import' permits issued to HK Systems under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 from 1 January 2007 to 18 October 2013. Currently seeking documents from the Attorney-General's Department
Documents released in response to FOI request 13/184—documents related to communication with the then-Shadow Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis QC or his office for a period between June 2013 and 7 September 2013 19 December 2013 Documents released in response to FOI request FOI13/184—documents related to communication with the then-Shadow Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis QC or his office for a period between June 2013 and 7 September 2013.
Documents released in response to FOI request FOI13/195—documents about the most recent WCAG 2 compliance audit of two Attorney-General's Department websites and documents about the Attorney-General's Department FOI disclosure log 6 December 2013 Documents released in response to FOI request FOI13/195—documents about the most recent WCAG 2 compliance audit of two Attorney-General's Department websites and documents about the Attorney-General's Department FOI disclosure log.
Documents released in response to FOI request FOI13/145 – concerning the Classification Review Board decision on the computer game Saints Row IV 5 November 2013 Documents released in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to documents, including the Classification Review Board decision report in relation to the computer game Saints Row IV. Released documents - FOI13 145.PDF
Documents released in response to FOI request FOI13/132 – concerning reports or briefings mentioning ‘XKeyscore’ or ‘PRISM’ systems. 1 October 2013 Documents released in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to documents, including reports, bulletins, updates notices or briefings, which mention the USA National Security Agency's 'XKeyscore' or 'PRISM' systems – dated from the beginning of 2007. 177256776-FOI-release-PRISM-XKEYSCORE-FOI-FOI13-132.pdf
Documents released in response to FOI request FOI13/062 – concerning the proposal known as ‘data retention’ 27 September 2013 Documents released in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to documents, including briefs to the Attorney-General and the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department about data retention and industry consultations on data retention
Documents relating to the Attorney-General’s interview with 4 Corners concerning the episode ‘Hacked’ aired on ABC1 at 8:30pm on Monday 27 May 2013 5 August 2013 ​Documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request relating to the Attorney-General’s interview with 4 Corners concerning the episode ‘Hacked’ aired on ABC1 at 8:30pm on Monday 27 May 2013
Documents relating to signed joint statements between Australia and the United States on intelligence sharing 22 July 2013 Documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request relating to signed joint statements between Australia and the United States on intelligence sharing Statement of Intent Regarding Cooperation on Cyber Security and Cyber Incident Response - signed 15 May 2012
Documents relating to the Intellectual Property or E-Commerce chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement from five departmental files 1 July 2013 Documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request relating to the Intellectual Property or E-Commerce chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement from five departmental files.
Documents relating to the Incoming Ministers Brief for the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP 31 May 2013 Documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request relating to the Incoming Ministers Brief (IMB) produced by the department in February 2013 for the (then) incoming Minister, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP
Documents between November 2011 and November 2012 on the spectrum to be made available for the public safety mobile broadband network 3 May 2013 Documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request for all documents between November 2011 and November 2012 on the spectrum to be made available for the public safety mobile broadband network.
'Silent Witness Series 11 & 12’ - Authorised Television Series Assessor (ATSA) Recommendation Report 23 February 2013 Documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request for ‘Silent Witness Series 11 & 12’ Authorised Television Series Assessor (ATSA) Recommendation Report and documentation which identifies the employer of the assessor who prepared that Report.
Documents concerning industry consultation meetings regarding data retention 13 February 2013 Documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request for documents concerning industry consultation meetings regarding data retention from 2009-2012.
Documents concerning RC Classification Decisions 22 January 2013 Documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request for documents concerning RC Classification Decisions made by the Classification Board.
Documents relating to the Attorney-General’s Department Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Scheme (aka Special Circumstances (Overseas) Scheme) 16 January 2013 ​Documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request for documents relating to the Attorney-General’s Department Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Scheme (aka Special Circumstances (Overseas) Scheme) Re AGD's Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Scheme