Documents may comprise written material, plans and drawings, photographs, tape recordings, films, videotapes or information stored in a computerised form.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, applications for access to information held by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) must:

  • be in writing
  • give enough detail to identify the requested documents or, if the application is for amendment of personal information, to show how or why the agency's records are inaccurate, incomplete, out of date or misleading
  • give an Australian address and, where possible, a contact telephone number, and
  • be lodged at the office of the agency that would be expected to hold the documents, together with any application fee payable.

Please note: this page relates to information held by DBCA only, including those deemed related agencies under the Freedom of Information regulations (Conservation and Parks Commission, Swan River Trust). The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Rottnest Island Authority and Zoological Parks Authority are currently regarded as separate agencies, that is, these statutory authorities are not listed under Freedom of Information regulations as being related agencies of the department. See separate pages for information held by Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Rottnest Island Authority and Zoological Parks Authority.

Fees and charges

  • No fees or charges apply for personal information or amendment of personal information about the applicant (for example details of employment)
  • A $30 fee must be paid when an application for other documents (i.e. documents that are non-personal in nature) is lodged, and there may be other charges, for example production costs.

Applications will be acknowledged in writing and the applicant will be notified of the decision within 45 days.

The department aims to make information available as soon as possible and at the least possible cost. Whenever possible, documents will be provided outside the freedom of information process. The agency is, however, mindful of its obligations including but not limited to the workings of Government, confidentiality, and the rights of third parties in relation to personal and business/commercial information.

You can download an access application form below as either a Word file or PDF file.

If your application is for access or amendment to your personal information, please provide a certified copy of one of the following documents:

  • driver's licence
  • aged pensioner concession card
  • passport
  • birth certificate (and marriage certificate if name has changed)
  • proof of age card (issued by the Department of Transport).

Documents must be certified by a person authorised to witness Statutory Declarations under Schedule 2 to the Oaths, Affidavits and Statutory Declarations Act 2005 (available for download below).

Information statement

If you need guidance on what documents to request, our department publishes an annual information statement about our services and the kinds of documents we hold and where to freely obtain other information we publish. This is available for download below.

The information statement is reviewed in November of each year and will be updated to reflect changes for the department.

Where to send/take your application

Applications and enquiries should be addressed to:

By mail:

The FOI Coordinator
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Locked Bag 104
Bentley Delivery Centre
WA 6983

In person:

The FOI Coordinator
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
17 Dick Perry Avenue
Technology Park, Western Precinct
Kensington WA 6151

By email:

The FOI Coordinator
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Note: If applying by email, please ensure that the applicable fee or charge is also lodged.

Page reviewed 22 Aug 2019