Combined with the abolition of application fees, removal of all charges for access to personal information, and no charges where an application is not dealt with in time, this will be a big step towards reducing the cost barrier that has stood in the way of more widespread use of the FOI act for the last 28 years. The changes are as follows:
|Fee||Now||From November 1|
|Search and retrieval||$15 an hour||No change - $15 an hour|
|Decision making||$20 an hour||First five hours free, after that $20 an hour|
|When FOI request is not responded to within the statutory time limit||Normal fees apply||No fees|
|Internal review||$40||No fee|
Tasmania still leads in this area having abolished all processing charges while retaining the application fee.