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ANSTO access to information

Access to information

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives any person the right to:

  • Access copies of documents we hold
  • Ask for information we hold about you to be changed or annotated if it is incomplete, out of date, incorrect or misleading
  • Seek a review of our decision not to allow you access to a document or not to amend your personal record.

You can ask to see any document that we hold. This general right is limited by exemptions to protect essential public and private interests. We can refuse access to some documents, or parts of documents that are exempt.

Exempt documents may include those relating to national security, documents containing material obtained in confidence, Cabinet documents, documents affecting the privacy of individuals, or other matters set out in the FOI Act.

Documents available outside the FOI Act   

You can get certain information, including any personal information we hold about you, without following a formal process under the FOI Act. 

You should also check the information we have published under the Information Publication Scheme and the Disclosure Log to see if what you are seeking is already available.

Release of your own information

If you want access to any of your own personal information, you should contact the relevant part of ANSTO first. ANSTO can provide copies of some documents without the need for you to make an FOI request.  

Contact

foi@ansto.gov.au

If you are requesting documents related to your internal affairs, to assist us to protect your privacy, please include a copy of photographic identification with your request. 

If you are requesting documents on behalf of another person relating to their personal affairs, please provide specific written authority, by that person, for ANSTO to send copies of documents to you or allow you to inspect copies of documents containing information about that third party.

Please also include a copy of photographic identification of the third party with the request. 

If you require assistance with your request, please contact the FOI Coordinator on 02 9717 3111 or by email foi@ansto.gov.au

How to make a request

To make a request you need to:

  • Make sure the request is in writing
  • State that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act
  • Provide information about the document to assist us to process your request
  • Provide an address for reply

You may download a Freedom of Information Request form. You are not restricted to using this form. A letter or email containing the same information will do. 

Who do I send the request to?

Please send your request to the mail address:

FOI Coordinator 

ANSTO 

Locked Bag 2001 

Kirrawee DC NSW 2232

Who can I contact for more information?

If you need more information about how to make a request please email foi@ansto.gov.au. If you are requesting documents relating to your personal affairs, to assist us to protect your privacy, please include a copy of photographic identification with your request.

If you are requesting documents on behalf of another person relating to their personal affairs, please provide specific written authority, by that person, for ANSTO to send copies of documents to you or to allow you to inspect copies of documents containing information about that third party. Please include a copy of photographic identification of the third party with the request.

Release of your own information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives any person the right to:

  • Access copies of documents we hold
  • Ask for information we hold about you to be changed or annotated if it is incomplete, out of date, incorrect or misleading
  • Seek a review of our decision not to allow you access to a document or not to amend your personal record

You can ask to see any document that we hold. This general right is limited by exemptions to protect essential public and private interests. We can refuse access to some documents, or parts of documents that are exempt.

Exempt documents may include those relating to national security, documents containing material obtained in confidence, Cabinet documents, documents affecting the privacy of individuals, or other matters set out in the FOI Act.

Documents available outside the FOI Act   

You can get certain information, including any personal information we hold about you, without following a formal process under the FOI Act. 

You should also check the information we have published under the Information Publication Scheme and the Disclosure Log to see if what you are seeking is already available.

Release of your own information    

If you want access to any of your own personal information, you should contact the relevant part of ANSTO first. ANSTO can provide copies of some documents without the need for you to make an FOI request.  

Contact

foi@ansto.gov.au

If you are requesting documents related to your internal affairs, to assist us to protect your privacy, please include a copy of photographic identification with your request. 

If you are requesting documents on behalf of another person relating to their personal affairs, please provide specific written authority, by that person, for ANSTO to send copies of documents to you or allow you to inspect copies of documents containing information about that third party.

Please also include a copy of photographic identification of the third party with the request. 

If you require assistance with your request, please contact the FOI coordinator on 02 9717 3111 or by email foi@ansto.gov.au

Fees and charges

There is no application fee or processing charges for requests for access to documents containing only personal information about you. However, processing charges may apply to other requests. All charges are set by FOI regulations. The most common charges are:

Item Charge
Search and retrieval: time spent searching for or retrieving a document $15.00 per hour
Decision making: time we spend in deciding to grant or refuse a request, including examining documents, consulting with other parties, and making deletions First five hours: nil. Subsequent hours: $20 per hour

Transcript: preparing a transcript from a sound recording, shorthand or similar medium

$4.40 per page of transcript
Photocopying  
Inspection: supervision by an agency officer of your inspection of documents or hearing or viewing an audio or visual recording at our premises $6.25 per half hour
Delivery: posting or delivering a copy of a document at your request Cost of postage or delivery

 

If we decide to impose a charge, we will give you a written estimate and the basis of our calculation. Where the estimated charges is between $20 and $100, we may ask you to pay a deposit of $20, or where the estimated charge exceeds $100, we may ask you to pay a 25% deposit before we process your request.

ANSTO cannot impose a charge if we fail to make a decision on an FOI request within the statutory processing period, including any authorised extension of that period.

You can ask for the charge to be waived or reduced for any reason, including financial hardship or on the grounds of public interest. If you do so, you should explain your reasons and you may need to provide some evidence.

What you can expect from us

We will acknowledge your request within 14 days after we have received your request. We will also give you an estimate of any charges that apply to your request.  We are usually required to inform you of our decision within 30 days unless that time has been extended. If a document contains information about a third party, we will need to consult them and may need to extend the time to give you our decision by another 30 days.

If for any other reason we are likely to need more than 30 days to complete your request, we will contact you to arrange an extension of time for processing of your request in accordance with the requirements under the FOI Act.

ANSTO may also apply to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to apply for an extension of the processing time where exceptional circumstances would prevent us from processing your request in 30 days. You will be informed in writing if the processing time has been extended.

If we do not meet these 30 day time limits, you can apply to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to review our decision on the basis that we are deemed to have refused your request. 

What happens if you disagree with our decision?   

When we have made a decision about your FOI request, we will send you a letter explaining our decision and your review and appeal rights.  You can ask for the following decisions to be reviewed:

  • If we refuse to give you access to all or part of a document or if we defer giving you access
  • If we impose a charge
  • If we refuse to change or annotate information about you that you claim is incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading

A third party who disagrees with our decision to give you documents that contain information about them can also ask for our decision to be reviewed.

Internal review

You can request in writing that we reconsider our decision through an internal review. An internal review will be conducted by another officer in our agency. We will advise you of our new decision within 30 days of receiving your request.

Information Commissioner review

You can ask the Australian Information Commissioner to review our original decision or our decision on internal review within 60 days of the date of decision (or 30 days after you are notified if you are an affected third party).

The Information Commissioner can affirm or vary the decision or substitute a new decision. The Information Commissioner may decide not to conduct a review in certain circumstances.

More information is available at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Complaints

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request, you can contact the Australian Information Commissioner, who may investigate our actions. The Commonwealth Ombudsman can also investigate complaints about our actions. However, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Information Commissioner will consult to avoid the same matter being investigated twice.

 

Information Publication Scheme

ANSTO is bound by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) and is required to comply with the provisions of the FOI Act relating to the Information Publication Scheme (IPS).

The IPS scheme aims to transform the FOI framework from one that responds to individual requests for access to documents to one that requires agencies to take a proactive approach to publishing information.

The IPS promotes public access to information held by government agencies.

What information is ANSTO required to publish?

ANSTO is required to publish the following information under the IPS:

How will ANSTO publish information?

Access to information published in accordance with the FOI Act will be available on ANSTO’s website. ANSTO’s FOI Administration will be responsible for responding to requests, concerns or complaints about ANSTO information available to the public and updating the Information Publication Scheme.

FOI Administration on 9717 3111 foi@ansto.gov.au

Decisions on publication of information will be made on a case by case basis in consultation with the area responsible for that information.


ANSTO's IPS Plan

ANSTO is bound by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) and is required to comply with the provisions of the FOI Act relating to the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). 

ANSTO has prepared this Agency Plan in accordance with section 8(1) of the FOI Act to describe how ANSTO implements and administers the IPS in respect of information held by ANSTO.

1. Purpose

The purpose of this Agency Plan is to:

  • Assist ANSTO in planning and administering IPS entry
  • Describe the information that ANSTO proposes to publish, how and to whom that information will be published; and
  • How ANSTO will otherwise comply with the requirements of the IPS.

2. Objectives

This Agency Plan sets out the procedures ANSTO has to:

  • Manage its IPS entry;
  • Identify and publish all information required to be published under section 8(2) of the FOI Act;
  • Identify and publish any optional information to be published under section 8(4) of the FOI Act;
  • Review and ensure on a regular basis that information published under the IPS is accurate, up to date and complete (s8B of the FOI Act);
  • Ensure that information published under the IPS is easily accessible and user-friendly;
  • Ensure satisfactory conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (Version 2) WCAG 2.0; and
  • Review the success of ANSTO’s IPS entry by reference to community feedback and compliance review processes.

3. Establishing an information publication scheme

ANSTO’s Legal function is responsible for managing ANSTO’s compliance with the Information Publication Scheme (IPS), with support from the following ANSTO functions:

  • ANSTO Communications;
  • ANSTO Records Management;
  • ANSTO Information Technology;
  • Office of the CEO; and
  • Government and International Affairs.

ANSTO Communications is largely responsible for publication of information relating to ANSTO and relies on input from the Legal function to ensure ANSTO meets its obligations under the IPS. 

ANSTO has internal FOI Act guidelines which set out information required to be published under the IPS.

ANSTO has an FOI Disclosure Log to record information released in response to an FOI request that can also be published as part of the IPS. 

4. Charges

ANSTO may charge a person for accessing any IPS document which it is impracticable to publish online:

  • at the lowest reasonable cost
  • to reimburse specific reproduction costs or other specific incidental costs (FOI Act s 8D(4)).

5. IPS Information Architecture

ANSTO has an IPS webpage. 

ANSTO's IPS information on its IPS webpage is published under the following headings:

  • Information Publication Plan
  • Who we are: Organisation chart and Statutory appointments 
  • What we do: ANSTO’s functions and operational information
  • Routinely requested information and disclosure log: Disclosure log
  • Our reports and responses to Parliament: Annual reports
  • Consultation arrangements for members of the public to comment on specific policy proposals 

6. Accessibility under ANSTO’s IPS

Where possible, ANSTO will ensure that documents are published to meet the WCAG 2.0 requirements.

As far as practicable, ANSTO will publish online information in HTML, MSWord and PDF format. Where a person requires an alternative accessible format of a document, it will be made available on request.
 

7. Information required to be published under the IPS

Under section 8 of the FOI Act, from 1 May 2011, all Commonwealth agencies have been required to provide access to certain categories of information. 

In assessing which information to make available, ANSTO has regard to the objects of the FOI Act and guidelines issued by the Australian Information Commissioner. 

  • ANSTO will publish the following categories of information as required under the IPSANSTO’s IPS Agency Plan
  • ANSTO’s Organisational Chart
  • Details of ANSTO’s functions, including decision making powers and other powers affecting members of the public
  • Details of statutory appointments within ANSTO
  • ANSTO’s Annual Report
  • Consultation arrangements for members of the public to comment on specific policy proposals which ANSTO is responsible for.
  • Information ANSTO routinely or regularly releases in response to requests for access under the FOI Act
  • ANSTO’s FOI Disclosure Log
  • Information provided to Parliament by ANSTO
  • Contact details of ANSTO officers who can be contacted about access to information or documents under the FOI Act. ANSTO has provided the general number so that it will not change with staff movements.
  • Operational information

8. FOI Disclosure Log

The FOI Disclosure Log contains a summary of FOI requests received by ANSTO and details of how the documents may be accessed. However, personal, family, business, commercial, financial or professional information will not be published in the Disclosure Log where ANSTO decides it is unreasonable to publish that information.

9. Optional information

ANSTO already publishes a wide range of information online about its activities. Not all of this information is required by the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). 

In addition to the information outlined above as being required by the IPS, ANSTO will include the following types of information as part of the IPS:

  • ANSTO’s Corporate Plan
  • ANSTO’s Service Charter
  • Nuclear Science fact sheets and reports
  • Information on safety, research, business Services and procurement

10. Administering ANSTO’s IPS Scheme

In deciding which information as part of the IPS,ANSTO has FOI guidelines to: 

  • Identify what documents are required to be included in the IPS.
  • Identify what information is to be included the FOI Disclosure Log. 

ANSTO's ongoing compliance with the IPS is managed by the Legal function in conjunction with communications, Office of the CEO and Information Technology.

11. IPS Review

ANSTO will review and revise this Agency Plan at annually.

ANSTO will review the operation of its IPS from time to time and at least every five years, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner regarding IPS compliance review.

12. Comments on ANSTO’s Agency Plan

ANSTO welcomes any comments on its IPS Agency Plan, addressed to foi@ansto.gov.au 

13. Contact information

FOI Administration on 9717 3111 foi@ansto.gov.au

FOI Disclosure Log

ANSTO is a government agency and is therefore required by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011.

The disclosure log requirement 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’
  • Any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.

The disclosure log below provides details of documents released by ANSTO under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. This information is available for public access. You can obtain copies of the released documents by emailing a request with the details of the information requested.

Please advise if you wish to obtain a hardcopy format of the documents. You should include information for contact by phone, email or in writing. Please note that there is a charge of $0.10 per page for photocopies of written documents. There is no charge for electronic copies of documents.

Log number Date Summary of request Description of information released
1 5 April 2012

Reports of breaches of regulations or licensing requirements communicated to other agencies including ASNO, ARPANSA, TGA and AFNO.

Documents relating to TGA and ARPANSA breaches. Released in part. Redactions applied pursuant to sections 47F and 47G.
2 13 June 2012
Request seeking documentation relating to PETNET’s business plan, financial data and impairment review.

PETNET’s business plan released in part. Redactions applied pursuant to sections 45, 47G and 47. Comments regarding valuation released in full. Impairment review exempt in full pursuant to sections 47 and 47G(1)(a)

3 16 May 2013  
Terms of reference of Life Sciences Review, summary of reviewer expertise and invitation to panel members.
4 28 October 2016
All documentation relating to the documentary TV series: Uranium - Twisting the Dragon's Tail, sent or received by ANSTO prior to, during the series' development and following its premier on SBS.
Emails between ANSTO and Genepool Productions. Redaction applied pursuant to sections 47, 47G and 45 of the FOI Act.
5 17 November 2016
"Advice ANSTO provided to the Minister as part of his incoming ministerial brief”
ANSTO Incoming Government Brief dated 26/07/2016. Redactions applied pursuant to sections 47C, 47F and 47 of the FOI Act.
6 13 January 2017
Electronic copy (scan) of the 1970 Australian Atomic Energy Commission publication, "Disposal of radioactive wastes from US. naval nuclear-powered ships, a bibliography."
Document released in full.
7 13 January 2017
An electronic copy of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission's Publication "Bibliography on Sr90 uptake and fallout." (1957)
Document released in full.
8 27 January 2017
A digital copy (scan) of the 1955 AAEC publication, "Clothing for radiation protection".
Document released in full.
9 27 January 2017
A digital copy (scan) of the 1958 AAEC publication, "Protective clothing ".
Document released in full.
10 5 September 2017
“Electronic copies of all correspondence between ANSTO and Rowan Ramsey MP from the
years 2014 to present (inclusive)”
Correspondence between ANSTO and Mr Rowan Ramsey MP from the years 2014 to time of FOI request. Redactions applied pursuant to section 47F of the FOI Act.
11 13 August 2018 "All ministerial briefing notes on the mechanical issue identified with a conveyor belt on June 22 and related issues such as the impact on production and exports" All four documents identified released in full.

 

 

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This website is designed to provide introductory information regarding the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and should not be relied upon for any purpose. Any person wanting up-to-date information for any purpose should contact ANSTO

In these Terms and Conditions, website means the whole or any part of the web pages located at http://www.ansto.gov.au and include the layout of this website, individual elements of the website design, underlying code elements of this website; or text, sounds, graphics, animated elements or any other content of this website.

ANSTO may change these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice. Any amendment will be effective immediately. Your use of this website after any amendment constitutes an agreement by you to comply with and be bound by the amended Terms and Conditions.

Accordingly, you should read these Terms and Conditions from time to time to check for changes.  You should also regularly refer to ANSTO's Privacy Policy which may also be updated from time to time.

Applicable laws  

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws in force in New South Wales, Australia and you submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New South Wales, Australia and any courts which may hear appeals from those courts in respect of any proceedings in connection with the Terms and Conditions or this website.


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ANSTO may change and update the information at any time without notice to users. ANSTO makes no representation or warranty as to the reliability, accuracy or completeness of the information contained on this Website or that the Website will be uninterrupted or error free.

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ANSTO is a registered trademark.

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In or as the whole or part of your own trademarks; in connection with activities, products or services which are not ANSTO's; in a manner which may be confusing, misleading or deceptive; and in a manner that disparages us or our information, products or services (including this Website).​​​​


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ANSTO's Privacy Policy

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is committed to protecting your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles.

View our Privacy Policy

Senate File List

In line with Senate tabling requirements for Commonwealth departments and agencies, ANSTO tables the indexed lists of files created in the organisation's central office, associated with the Industry Portfolio: Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation.

ANSTO has a nil response for the period 1 July to 31 December 2019

Contact information 

Phone +61 2 9717 3517, or email: government.liaison@ansto.gov.au

Senate Order 13

Previous versions: 

On 20 June 2001, the Senate agreed to an Order requiring each Minister to table a letter advising that a list of contracts, in respect of each entity administered by that Minister, has been placed on the Internet, with access to the list through the department's website. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Staffing levels at ANSTO, measured in total full-time equivalents (FTEs) as at 30.06.2016, are summarised below:

Total FTEs at ANSTO as at 30.06.2016

Number of core staff (FTE) as at 30.06.2016

CATEGORY Female Male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Non-English Speaking Background Staff with a disability
Research Scientists 43.82 91.50 - 32.00 -
Research Support 63.64 171.74 1.00 75.71 2.00
ANSTO Health 70.43 156.11 2.00 51.41 -
Nuclear Services 28.74 165.50 2.00 46.00 2.00
Engineering, Capital and Maintenance Services 15.65 199.53 2.00 28.65 3.00
Other Enablers 110.84 104.02 - 31.27 -
TOTAL 333.12 888.40 7.00 265.04 7.00

 

Definition for Total FTE

Includes:

  • All active full-time and part-time, ongoing and non-ongoing employees engaged for a specified term or task paid through payroll (part-time employees are converted to full-time equivalent  based on the hours they work).

Excludes:

  • Overtime.
  • Non-ongoing staff engaged for duties that are irregular or intermittent (casuals).
  • Workers paid through a third party (contractors).