Freedom of Information (FOI) gives you the right to apply for access to information held by the Department of Mines and Energy. It is about enhancing government accountability and participation in our democratic system of government.
Government information means records required to be kept by the Department as evidence of its activities and to support its current business. It may include hard-copy records, computer records, audio tapes, video tapes and CDs. It may include personal information about people and information about businesses. Applications are limited to records held by the Department.
It does not cover knowledge or views held by staff unless they have been recorded. It does not cover documents that once existed but may have been destroyed.
Information held by DME is identified in the attached table.
An application form for access to Government or Personal Information is available through the link below. The Act requires you to provide proof of identity when lodging applications such as a driver’s licence, passport or birth certificate. Applications by mail should be accompanied by a photocopy of one of these means of identification.
A fee of $30 is required to lodge an application for Government information. EFTPOS facilities are available at the Territory Business Centres. Applications by mail should be accompanied by a cheque or money order. [ Download application to access government (including) personal information]
If you disagree with DME’s decision on your application, you are able to request that the decision be reviewed. The review will be undertaken by a departmental officer who was not the person who made the decision on your first application. [ Download application for internal review of decision]
The Act provides for an appeal to the Information Commissioner, Brenda Monaghan, where an applicant is not satisfied with the outcome of a review. Should you wish to raise an issue of concern with the Office of the Information Commissioner, please contact the office on 08 8999 1500 or freecall 1800 005 610 or via the website at www.infocomm.nt.gov.au/