The website enables the user to set up an account and to make an FOI request from that address, then forwards the request by email to the public authority. It automatically generates an email address e.g email@example.com, which is unique to that request. When a public authority sends a response to that email address, the website automatically processes that response and publishes it to the website.
"The Commissioner does not believe that issues relating to how an email address is connected to a publishing mechanism are relevant in terms of considering whether a valid address has been stated for correspondence."
Someone in a major media organisation that makes plenty of applications told me recently she hated FOI- getting a cheque out of the system was complicated enough but try queuing up at the local post office for a money order every time!
The South Australian FOI act (section 13) and Western Australian FOI act (section 12) also require an address in Australia; and the Tasmanian RTI Act yet to commence (section 13) requires "the minimum information as prescribed in the regulations"-none have been published to date.
An agency may, with the approval of the Information Commissioner, approve additional facilities for the making of an access application or the payment of an application fee. An application made to any agency by use of such a facility is considered to have been lodged at an office of the agency and a fee paid by use of such a facility is considered to have accompanied the application