The Freedom of Information Act 1992 (FOI Act) gives every person the right to seek access to documents held by government agencies. Documents may comprise written material, plans and drawings, photographs, tape recording, films, videotapes or information stored in a computerised form.
DFES aims to make information available promptly and at the least possible cost to the applicant. Whenever possible, documents will be provided outside the FOI process. If information is not routinely available, the FOI Act 1992 provides the general public with the right to apply for documents held by DFES and enables the public to ensure that personal information in documents is accurate, complete, up to date and not misleading.
For more information about access to information held by DFES please refer to the 2010 Information Statement.
Applications may be lodged (together with applicable fee or charge) in the following ways:
The Department of Fire & Emergency Services
Ground Floor, 20 Stockton Bend, Cockburn Central WA 6164
– OR –
PO Box 1174
PERTH WA 6844
– OR –
Applications to either gain access to a document, amend personal information or have a previous FOI decision regarding access to, or amendment of, a document reviewed have to:
- be in writing;
- give enough information so that the documents requested can be identified;
- give an Australian address to which notices can be sent; and
- be lodged at DFES with any application fee payable.
Applications will be acknowledged in writing and the applicant will be notified of the decision which will be made within 45 days. However, DFES makes every effort to notify the applicant of the decision before the end of the permitted period.
Fees and Charges
The application fee is currently $30. If necessary, DFES may impose a charge for processing the application.
Applications seeking personal information or amendment of personal information are free of any fee or charge.
If charges apply DFES will send you a statement of payable charges. Currently, where a processing charges applies, the current breakdown of fees is as follows:
Personal Information (about you personally)
Free (No application fee)
Non-Personal Information Only
$30.00 application fee
$30.00 p/hr of staff time processing charge
$30.00 p/hr of staff time photocopying time
$ 0.20 p/photocopy
$0.60 per photograph
For impecunious applicants or those issued with a prescribed pensioner concession cards, the charge payable is reduced by 25%.
Where required, charges must be paid in full before access to non-exempt documents will be permitted.