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Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

From 1 May 2011, agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), including the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), are required by section 11C of the FOI Act to disclose access decisions through a disclosure log on their website.

The TSRA Disclosure Log provides access to information released by TSRA in response to an FOI access request under the FOI Act and is available for public access.

Detailed information about FOI can be found at the website for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

A link is provided on the Agency’s FOI Disclosure log if the information can be downloaded from the website or another website. There may be documents in the disclosure log that are currently not available in HTML format. If you are unable to read the format provided please contact the FOI Coordinator at the below address or via email.

FOI requests

Requests to access documents must be in writing and must provide enough information about the documents sought to enable the TSRA to identify them.

Requests should be sent to

The FOI Coordinator
Torres Strait Regional Authority
PO Box 261
Thursday Island QLD 4875

Email:  foi@tsra.gov.au

Fees and charges

There is no fee for making a request but the FOI Act provides that charges may be imposed for processing requests.

Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 2019 sets out the charges that an agency can apply in respect of an FOI request. The most common charges are:

Activity item Charge
Search and retrieval – time we spend searching for or retrieving a document. $15.00 per hour.
Decision making – time we spend in deciding to grant or refuse a request, including examining documents, consulting with other parties, and making deletions. First 5 hours is nil
Subsequent hours are $20 per hour.
Transcript – preparing a transcript from a sound recording, shorthand or similar medium. $4.40 per page of transcript.
Photocopy. $0.10 per page.
Inspection -supervision by an agency officer of your inspection of documents or hearing or viewing an audio or visual recording at our premises. $6.25 per half hour or part thereof.
Delivery – posting or delivering a copy of a document at your request. Cost of postage or delivery.

Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal people are advised this website may contain names, images and recordings of people who have passed.