File lists

Indexed file lists

Senate continuing order

On 14 November 1994, the Senate agreed to a motion by Senator Harradine requiring all Australian Government departments and agencies to produce a list of files for tabling before the Parliament. The production of the list is intended to make the operations of government more transparent to the Australian public. The original Senate Order was amended in 1998 and now requires departments to also list these files on their internet websites.

File lists are provided in accordance with the Senate Continuing Order-Orders for documents. This order requires each department and agency to:

provide, on its Internet home page, access to an indexed list of the titles of all relevant files, including new parts of existing files, created from 1 January 1998 in the central office of that department or agency (departments and agencies may choose to maintain online an indexed list of all new files created from that date or to maintain online an indexed list of, as a minimum, the most recent year's file creations).

The lists are tabled twice a year, once in the Spring sittings and once in the Autumn sittings. Spring sittings - files created in the preceding July to December. Autumn sitting - files created in the preceding January to June

The National Water Commission's indexed list of files

Files created 1 July 2013 - 30 December 2013 (PDF 76.8 KB) (XLSX 66.4 KB)

Files created 1 January - 30 June 2013 (PDF 49KB) (XLSX 65KB)

Files created 1 July 2012 - 31 December 2012 (PDF 19KB) (XLSX 29KB)

Files created 1 Jan - 30 June 2012 (PDF 78.4KB) (XLSX 31KB)

Files created 1 July - 31 December 2011 (PDF 62KB) (XLS 15KB)

Files created 1 January - 30 June 2011 (PDF 211KB) 

Files created 1 July - 31 December 2010 (PDF 39KB) 

Files created 1 January - 30 June 2010 (PDF 14KB) 

Files created 1 July - 31 December 2009 (PDF 47KB) 

Files created 1 January - 30 June 2009 (PDF 127KB) 

Files created 1 July - 31 December 2008 (PDF 39KB) 

Files created 1 January - 30 June 2008 (PDF 19KB) 

 In accordance with the Order, the Commission's list of files does not include:

  • files essentially related the internal administration of the commission (staff or personnel, accounts, training, or general administrative matters)
  • case-related files (for example personal representation or dealing with the personal affairs of commission or agency client)
  • file titles whose national security classification is Confidential, Secret or Top Secret or their equivalent.

The Commission's lists do not include files whose titles would disclose the deliberations of Cabinet.

In accordance with the Order, some information in file titles has been deleted, such as:

  • commercially confidential information
  • identifiably personal information
  • any security classified information which is disclosed in or which could reasonably be established from a file title.

In response to the senate order requirement that the list be 'indexed', the files are arranged under the names of groups of the commission and then by file number.

Access to individual files

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), members of the public can seek access to documents contained on any of the files listed here. For more information see our Freedom of Information section.
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