FOI Disclosure Log

Under Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), the Department is required to publish a disclosure log on the department’s website. The disclosure log contains information which has been released in response to an FOI request.  The publication of documents on the disclosure log must be done within 10 working days of an applicant receiving them.

The requirement to publish documents on the disclosure log 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'
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FOI Reference No. Date of access FOI Request Documents

Cost of implementing and managing the government’s trials of the Healthy Welfare Card (Ceduna and East Kimberley)


Correspondence in relation to the development, implementation and subsequent cancellation of the proposed trial of pre-commitment technology for poker machines.


24/04/2017 (original)

Number and type of individual complaints reported by Medibank Health Solutions about 1800RESPECT between 1 December 2014 and 31 January 2017


Costs of the cashless debit card trials in Ceduna and Kununurra.


Information upon which Schedule 5 of the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill (Omnibus) 2017 was based.


Release certificates/correspondence certifying that release of information is necessary in the public interest under Section 208 of Social Security (Administration) Act 1991 between 01/01/2017 and 09/02/2017.


1800RESPECT Reports.


The most recent media Talking Points prepared by the Department.


Policy development documents for the evaluation and monitoring of the Try Test and Learn Fund.


… copies of material created that supports the Minister's claim that: We have found these pockets, and maybe that's being a bit generous, because they are very large pockets, of payment categories and rules that intersect in a way that mean you can earn as much through the welfare system, and I use the word 'earn' advisedly, you can earn as much as you do from working very hard. … created between July 1, 2016 and November 3, 2016. … [and] any documents related to the article Parental welfare pays more than work published in the Australian on October 28, 2016 and the article Myth busted: Stay-at-home parents don't get more than those who work published in the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald on October 29 and October 30, 2016.


(Primary decision)

(Internal review decision)

a) An up-to-date copy of the ‘NRAS Investigations Referrals and Scam Register’ (referred to at footnote 14, p24 of the Australian National Audit Office’s Report No, 23 2016-17) and
b) documents regarding the 32 referrals from DSS’s NRAS Branch to its Investigations Branch (referred to at paragraph 2.24, p24 of the Australian National Audit Office’s report No. 23 2016-17).

  1. No. of paid parental leave (PPL) recipients by income range;
  2. Estimated no. of PPL recipients who will no longer be eligible for PPL as result of Government’s proposed changes to PPL and their median income;
  3. Estimated no. of PPL recipients who will lose part of their PPL entitlements as result of proposed changes and their median income; and
  4. Estimated no. of PPL recipients who will be unaffected by proposed changes to PPL.

a) Reports after 1 Jan 2016 about groups of people, including international students, homeless people and low-income earners, who access NRAS; and

b) Communications  after 1 Jan 2016 to the federal government about groups of people who access NRAS


The first Report on the 6-month Review of the Cashless Welfare Card Trial submitted by the Department to the Minister's office, excluding information relating to the WA component of the trial.


Most recent figures detailing no. of welfare recipients of income support and benefits by payment type and country of birth.


Documents regarding recruitment and review process for APS 6 State Programme Management, Support and Advice: Service Delivery positions.


PwC and Kruk Reports - Consolidated documents - Redacted.


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.


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.


Current incoming government briefing documents.


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.