FOI review

The Commissioner can consider Ahpra’s decision about a request for access to documents

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How we can help

We can conduct a review of a Freedom of Information (FOI) decision made by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).

The Commissioner can consider Ahpra’s decision about a request for access to documents and decide to:

  • affirm the decision (not change it)
  • vary the decision (not change the decision itself but modify aspects of the decision), or
  • set aside the decision and make a fresh decision (make a new decision).

The Commissioner was granted the power to review Ahpra's FOI decisions in February 2019.

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If you can, please request an internal review by Ahpra’s FOI team before applying for an FOI review by the Commissioner. This is not required but may be a quicker way to get the outcome you want and it gives Ahpra a chance to address your concerns before our office becomes involved.

Your FOI rights

By law, everyone has the right to request access to information held by Ahpra, its management committee and the National Boards. All FOI review applications involve Ahpra in some way because it manages the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).

Why apply for a review

People generally apply for a review of an FOI decision made by Ahpra for two main reasons.

The first reason is because they are unhappy with Ahpra’s decision not to give access to documents or information they requested. This could be because they do not agree with the reasons given for not providing some or all of the information or documents they requested or they do not believe Ahpra provided all of the documents it should have based on their FOI request.

The second reason is because they are unhappy that Ahpra has released information about them that they believe should not have been released.

Find out how to apply for review of Ahpra's FOI decision.

Complaints about how an FOI request was handled

We can also consider complaints to the Ombudsman about how Ahpra processed an FOI request.

The Ombudsman can consider complaints such as unreasonable delays or inadequate communication by Ahpra.

Investigations into the handling of FOI requests can provide complainants with more information about how their matter was handled and whether it was fair and reasonable. This work can improve the way Ahpra processes similar matters in the future.

Make a complaint to the Ombudsman

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