You apply to the public sector organisation that you think holds the information. For example, the following are organisations: NT Police, the Department of the Chief Minister, the Department of Justice, the Optometrists Board.
Before you make an application, you will probably find it useful to contact the organisation to talk about whether an application is necessary and the best way to apply for the information.
If the organisation you apply to has no information or there is an organisation better placed to deal with the application, the organisation you applied to can:
You can make an application as long as it:
You don't have to fill in a form to make an application as long as you satisfy the requirements above, however to make the process easier, some organisations have their own forms for making an application.
As long as you have given contact details, the organisation will contact you if something further is needed.
Government organisations have a lot of information, so the more specific you can be about the information you want the better.
It helps to give the organisation as much information as you can so that it can find the information you want more quickly. Useful information can include:
Just saying, "I want my file" or "I want everything about me" can make searching difficult. To make things easier you could say something like:
I was in a traffic accident in early June 1998. It was on the Stuart Highway, 90 kilometres south of Katherine. It happened at about 9 at night. Police attended. One of them was Sergeant Rogers or Kroger or something like that. The police interviewed me and my wife and the driver of the other car. His name was O'Sullivan. We drove a white Toyota Corolla, licence plate number *** ***. He had a green Ford. The Ambulance also came. I want all police reports about the accident.
Contacting the organisation before you make an application can give you a guide about how to ask for the information you want.
The organisation has to satisfy itself about your identity. The organisation may say what it requires on its website or on its application form. You can also contact the organisation to find out what proof of identity it is likely to require in your case.
For more information, visit Public Sector Organisations.
You don't have to pay an application fee if your application is limited to your own personal information. You will have to pay a $30 application fee if some or all of the information you apply for is not your personal information.
For more information, visit FOI Fees and Charges