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 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 2021/2022- DFES- Information-Statement (PDF - 1.19MB).
Applications to 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.
DFES is trialing a new Application Form. We would appreciate any feedback you have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our previous Application Form is still available here.
Applications may be lodged (together with the applicable fee) in the following ways:
Submit by email
Submit by mail
PO Box 1174
Perth WA 6844
Submit in Person
Department of Fire & Emergency Services
Ground Floor, 20 Stockton Bend, Cockburn Central WA 6164
Refunds of the application fee are not available if we have commenced processing an application. If you consider you have grounds for a refund, you can apply in writing to the FOI Coordinator: email@example.com outlining your reasons.