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Freedom of information

The objects of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) are to give the Australian community broad access to information held by the Government by requiring agencies to proactively publish certain information and giving citizens a right of access to Government held documents. Information held by the Government is to be regarded as a national resource and treated accordingly.

Members of the public seeking access to documents held by the AIC should lodge a formal Freedom of Information (FOI) request with the Institute.

How to make an FOI application

You can make a request to the Australian Institute of Criminology by sending your request:

By post

FOI Coordinator
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT 2601

By email

media@aic.gov.au
A request must:

  • be in writing
  • state that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act
  • provide information about the document(s) to assist the Australian Institute of Criminology to process your request
  • provide an address for reply.

If you are requesting personal information please include evidence of your identity.

Freedom of information disclosure log

Subsection 11C(3) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 requires agencies to publish on their websites details of information released pursuant to Freedom of Information requests received by them.

In accordance with those requirements, set out below are descriptions of such information/documents released by the AIC.

Anyone wishing to obtain copies of these documents should do so by contacting media@aic.gov.au

Description and dates of documents released under Freedom of Information Description and dates of documents released under Freedom of Information

Date of accessFOI requestInformation published in the disclosure log

4 Aug 2011

The enquirer seeks all documents relating to AGD (1998–99) National Firearms Control Research Centre

The contents of file 09/22 AGD (1998–99) National Firearms Control Research Centre

23 Sept 2011

The enquirer seeks all documents that relate to Project No 118 – The Deterrent Value of Firearms including the most recent version of the project report and the files:

  • 2006/19 Project completion – The deterrent value of firearms – 0118
  • 0118 – The deterrent value of firearms – research working papers

Provided with document ‘The decision-making patterns of armed robbery offenders’

24 May 2012

The enquirer sought the following report: The future of Immigration detention centres in Australia (July 1989) for the Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs, which was released in full on May 24 2012  

Provided with document ‘The future of Immigration detention centres in Australia

July and October 2013

The enquirer sought documents relating to a National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund application from 2002-03.

The AIC is the current manager of the NDLERF program but sought these legacy documents from other agencies and the NDLERF archive housed at the AIC.

Provided with documents:

May 2015

In April 2015 the enquirer sought the release of: Choo K-K R, Smith R G, Walters J & Bricknell S. 2011 Perceptions of money laundering and financing of terrorism in a sample of the Australian legal profession, in Research and Public Policy Series, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.

Provided with document:

December 2015

The enquirer sought release of documents relating to the AIC project Mass shootings in Australia and the US

Provided with the documents:

May 2016

The enquirer sought the information:

documents relating to the average number of deaths of Aboriginals in NSW, QLD and NT police cells in the last decade.

Provided with the document:

May 2016

The enquirer sought the information:

a breakdown by year, for each of the past 15 years, of the number of gunshot victims for the following age brackets: 0-11yrs, 12-15yrs, 16-17yrs, using the National Homicide Monitoring Program dataset.

Provided with the document: