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 1992 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 either gain access to a document, amend personal information or have previous FOI decision regarding access to, or amendment of, a document reviewed have to:
Applications will be acknowledged in writing and the applicant will be notified of the decision which will be made within 45 days. However, DFES makes every effort to notify the applicant of the decision before the end of the permitted period.
Applications may be lodged (together with the applicable fee) in the following ways:
Submit in Person
The Department of Fire & Emergency Service
Ground Floor, 20 Stockton Bend, Cockburn Central WA 6164
Submit by mail
PO Box 1174
Perth WA 6844
Submit by email
Personal Information (about you personally)
Free (no application fee)
Non-Personal Information Only
$30 application fee
$30 per hour of staff time
$0.20 per photocopy
$0.60 per photograph
For impecunious applicants or those issued with a prescribed pensioner concession cards, the charge payable is reduced by 25%.
Refunds of the application fee are not available if we have commenced processing an application. If an applicant considers they have grounds for a refund, they can apply in writing to the FOI Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org outlining their reasons.