External scrutiny

Judiciary decisions

There were no judicial decisions or decisions of administrative tribunals during 2016–17 that had, or may have, significant impact on the operations of the ASC.

No reports were issued about the authority by the Auditor General, a parliamentary committee, Commonwealth Ombudsman or the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.


In 2016–17 the ASC received no complaints that it had breached the privacy of an individual.

Freedom of Information

The ASC received 15 Freedom of Information requests in 2016–17. Six requests were granted in full, four were granted in part, three were refused, one was withdrawn and one is ongoing.

The Information Commissioner partially reversed one request which was granted in 2014–15. The matter is currently in review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Two requests made during 2016–17 are under review by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Processing times were met in all completed requests.

As defined by section 8(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the ASC has continued to publish on its website the information required by the Information Publication Scheme.