How can I make a request

Requests made under the Freedom of Information Act must contain the following elements in order to be considered a valid request (s15):

  • be a request for documents of ANU
  • be made in writing to ANU
  • state that the request is an application for the purposes of the Act
  • provide such information concerning the documents as is necessary to enable ANU to locate it
  • give details of how notices under the Act may be sent (email or postal address).

If the request does not contain or address all of these elements then ANU will enter into a dialogue with the applicant to assist them in making a valid request.

Tips for providing information enabling ANU to locate the documents

Below are some tips for providing information that allows ANU to identify the documents required by the applicant.

  • Dates - providing a date range allows ANU to concentrate its search to a particular time frame. For example: March to December 2010.
  • Names of people involved - providing the names of people who may be involved in creating or receiving the documents allows ANU to further narrow its enquiries.
  • Administrative areas/Colleges - providing details of the administrative areas, Colleges or Schools that may be involved in generating, processing or receiving the documents, allows ANU to target its initial enquiries.
  • Reference numbers - if possible provide a reference number as this assists ANU in identifying documents relevant to the request. For example: Project 657/2010.
  • Document type - providing the detail of the type of document you are interested in such as: internal memos, reports, emails, academic applications, referee reports, letters etc assists ANU in identifying the right information for the applicant.
  • Content specifics - providing details of the subject matter or content of what is contained in the documents assists ANU in identifying the appropriate material for the applicant.

Providing as much detail as possible assists ANU to efficiently identify and locate documents and can reduce the time and cost involved in processing your request.

Submitting your FOI request

Your FOI request should be submitted to ANU in any of the following ways:

  • hand delivered to: the FOI Officers located in: Building 10a (lower ground floor) Chancelry, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 2601
  • posted to: FOI Coordinator, University Records, Scholarly Information Services, Building 10a Chancelry, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 2601 
  • emailed to:

If you require further assistance in making a request to ANU contact the FOI officers at: