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External scrutiny

Judicial review

During 2020–21, the agency was not involved in any matters before the Federal Court, the Full Federal Court or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Reports by the Auditor-General, Parliamentary Committees or Commonwealth Ombudsman

ARPANSA was not the subject of any audits undertaken by the Auditor-General during the year 2020–21.

As at 30 June 2021, no reports were made by Parliamentary Committees regarding ARPANSA for the year 2020–21.

During 2020–21, there were no complaints made to the Commonwealth Ombudsman against the agency. There were no earlier complaints that remained open.

Freedom of Information

Agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (legislation.gov.au) (FOI Act) are required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme. Each agency must display on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the Information Publication Scheme requirements.

ARPANSA, as an Australian Government agency, is subject to the FOI Act and is required to comply with the Information Publication Scheme provisions. ARPANSA has developed an agency plan describing ARPANSA’s compliance with Information Publication Scheme provisions as required by section 8(1) of the FOI Act. The plan is available on the ARPANSA website at: arpansa.gov.au/about-us/accessing-our-information/information-publication-scheme-agency-plan.

Feedback on this plan can be provided by contacting the Freedom of Information (FOI) and Privacy Officer at:

The FOI and Privacy Officer ARPANSA
PO Box 655
foi [at] arpansa.gov.au
(03) 9433 2211

Documents released by ARPANSA in response to FOI requests can be found on the disclosure log at arpansa.gov.au/about-us/accessing-our-information/disclosure-log.


ARPANSA received 8 FOI requests during the reporting period of which one request was withdrawn and one request was handled outside the FOI Act through an administrative access process.

Of the 6 requests decided during the reporting period, 2 resulted in full release, one in partial release, one was refused and in 2 cases, the requested documents were found to not exist.