Freedom of Information


The Western Australian Freedom of Information Act 1992   (the FOI Act) gives you the right to apply for access to documents held by Main Roads.

We will assist you to access documents at the lowest reasonable cost and ensure that any personal information that the agency holds is accurate, complete and not misleading.

Your right to apply is not affected by any reasons you may have for wanting to access documents.

The documents that you can request includes but is not limited to:

  • Paper files
  • Computer records
  • Maps
  • Plans
  • Photographs
  • Tape recordings
  • Films
  • Electronically stored information

You can also apply for access to personal information about you that is in documents held by us. You can correct that information if it is incorrect, inaccurate, out of date or misleading. 


Applying for access to information

The first thing to do is to find out if the information you seek is freely available outside of the Freedom of Information (FOI) process.

Sources of information include:

If you need to apply for information under the Freedom of Information Act 1992, the preferred method is to complete an FOI Application Form.

Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 1992 in order for the application to be valid the application has to:

  • Be in writing;
  • Give enough information to enable the requested documents to be identified;
  • Give an address in Australia to which notices under the FOI Act can be sent;
  • Give any other information or details required under the regulations; and
  • Be lodged at our office with any application fee payable under the regulations ($30.00 for non-personal applications).

Email completed applications to:

Post FOI applications to:

The Freedom of Information Manager

Main Roads Western Australia

PO Box 6202

East Perth WA 6892

Personally lodge applications at:

Main Roads Western Australia

Don Aitken Centre

Waterloo Crescent

East Perth WA 6004

Payment of the $30 application fee can be made by cheque, credit card or by paying cash at our Head Office (Don Aitken Centre) Waterloo Crescent in East Perth. 

Notice of decision

After processing your application and locating relevant documents, Main Roads will make a decision about access to the requested information. The agency will make a decision to grant or refuse access within 45 calendar days (or as otherwise agreed between the agency and the applicant) and a Notice of Decision will be issued.

A Notice of Decision that contains the following information:

  • The day on which the decision was made;
  • The name and designation of the officer making the decision;
  • The reasons for refusing access to particular documents (if applicable) and the relevant exemption(s) claimed under the FOI Act;
  • The reasons for deferring access to particular documents (if applicable);
  • The arrangements to be made for giving access to a document;
  • Details of any fees and charges payable to Main Roads; and
  • The applicant's rights of review and appeal, including the right to internal and external review of the decision.

Details about our functions and further information about FOI applications and the legislation can be found on our Freedom of Information Statement


Related links

Office of the Information Commissioner

State Law Publisher


Modified: 21 Jan 2019