Disclosure log

From 1 May 2011 DSS is required by s11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to publish a disclosure log on the website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. The publication of such documents must be done within 10 working days of the applicant being given access to the document(s).

The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:

  • Personal information about any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • Information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • Other information covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • Any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.

Note: Information will be added to this register as it is released.

A link will be provided if the information can be downloaded from this website or another website.

Information that is not available on DSS's website may be obtained by foi@dss.gov.au. A charge may be imposed to reimburse DSS for the cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you. There will be no charge for the time spent by DSS in processing the FOI request that led to this information being made available. You will be notified if any charge is payable and you will be required to pay the charge before the information is provided.

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FOI reference no. Date of access FOI request Information published in the disclosure log Description of document
16/17-011 4 October 2016 The number of payment summaries for the 2015-16 financial year issued to staff after 14 July 2016 and why these payment summaries, issued after 14 July 2016, were not issued on or before 14 July 2016. Six documents released consisting of 21 pages. See attached pdf file.  
FOI Document 16/17-011 Document [PDF 4931 KB]
16/17-018 6 October 2016 The Australian Government’s annual and monthly expenditure on the unemployment benefit and the number of unemployment benefit recipients for the past four financial years. One document released consisting of one page. See attached pdf file.

Attachment C
Newstart (NSA) & Youth Allowance other (YA(o)):
Unemployment benefit recipients receive either NSA or YA(o)

FOI Document 16/17-018 Attachment C [PDF 480 KB]


2 September 2016

Please provide a copy of the contract [with Autism CRC] showing precisely what the contractor is to deliver.

Please also provide documents (if any) showing all changes to tender or the subsequent contract relating to the research that was/is contracted.

One document, consisting of 8 pages, released subject to the removal of irrelevant material under section 22 of the FOI Act and the exemption of personal information under section 47F of the FOI Act (see attached pdf file).


FOI Decision 16/17-010 Document 1 [PDF 861.94 KB] Standard Funding Agreement Schedule – Early Intervention Services for children with Disability Programme



Current incoming government briefing documents

FOI decision:

  • One document exempt in full under s47C (deliberative processes) and s47E (certain operations of agencies)
  • One document released in part, material redacted is exempt under s47F (personal privacy).
  • One document released in full.
See attached pdf files:
FOI Decision 16/17-007 Document 1 [PDF 7.7 MB]

Department of Social Services Incoming Government Brief - Departmental Overview.

18 July 2016
FOI Decision 16/17-007 Document 2 [PDF 1.4 MB]

Department of Social Services Incoming Government Brief – Outcome Compendium

18 July 2016

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