The information described in the disclosure log table below has been released by NHMRC under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and is available for public access.

Publicly available information released following an FOI access request

NHMRC is required by section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011.

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Accessing information in the Disclosure Log 

The information described in the disclosure log table below has been released by NHMRC under the FOI Act and is available for public access.

Due to technical limitations we may not be able to provide in electronic format some information identified in the disclosure log. Hardcopy documents can be obtained by emailing us at foi@nhmrc.gov.au.

A link is provided in the disclosure log below if the information can be downloaded from this website or another website. 

All other information that is not available online may be obtained by emailing us at foi@nhmrc.gov.au or writing to us at GPO Box 1421 Canberra ACT 2601. 

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Annual FOI Disclosure Logs (2022–23 and 2023–24)

Note: The FOI reference number in this table may not be sequential. This can occur because the FOI request has been withdrawn at the request of the applicant, or information is deemed by the relevant Decision Maker to be of a commercial-in-confidential or personal nature, in accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act and as such has not been disclosed in the log. 

Past annual disclosure logs

Reference number  Access DateFOI content
2023/24-02720/03/2024

Description of request

Access to documents (for example, communications to all staff or senior executives, briefs, agenda papers, submissions) for the period 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023, about either the Royal Commission on the Robo-debt Scheme (‘the Royal Commission’) or the government response to the Royal Commission.

Summary of document released

Emails, including attachments.

Number of documents and type of release

One document released in full and 5 documents released in part with redactions applied under section 22 of the FOI Act.

2023/24-02520/03/2024

Description of request

For the period 1 Jan 2017 to 25 Jan 2024: Access to human clinical data outcomes and any publications for the following:  

  • Current health risk data on exposure to ochratoxin A
  • Current health risk data on exposure to aspergillus penicillium.

For the period 1 Jan 2018 and 25 Jan 2024: A copy of documents provided by NHMRC to the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care regarding the most current information on health risk of mycotoxins.

Summary of document released

Research Journal Article – Published 2019. Extract available at: Dampness and Mold Hypersensitivity Syndrome as an Umbrella for Many Chronic Diseases—The Clinician’s Point of View - ScienceDirect.

Number of documents and type of release

One document released in full.

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2023/24 01706/12/2023 and 17/01/2024

Description of request 

Access to submissions to inquiry and other documents referenced in the NHMRC Head and Neck Injuries in Football: Guidelines for Prevention and Management, including the Concussion: Notes for Referees, Umpires and Coaches (1995). 

Summary of document released 

Submissions to NHMRC and research papers. 

Number of documents and type of release 

Three documents released in full, 9 documents released in part with redactions applied under sections 22, 45, 47F and 47G of the FOI Act, and access refused to 5 documents under subsection 24A(1) of the FOI Act.

2023/24 00223/08/2023

Description of request

Access to the NHMRC report of the Peer Review Analysis Committee.

Summary of document released

The NHMRC Report of the Peer Review Analysis Committee.

Number of documents and type of release

One document released in full.

2023/24 00110/08/2023

Description of request 

Access to any internal evaluation or analysis reports or presentations by NHMRC on research misconduct, with the timeframe of 1 January 2020 to 13 July 2023.

Summary of document released

PowerPoint presentation given to a Research Integrity Advisors Workshop in November 2021.

Number of documents and type of release

One document released with redactions under s22 of the FOI Act.

2022/23 01210/05/2023 and 23/06/2023

Description of request 

Access to: 

  • NHMRC reports/guidelines on Health Aspects of Boxing (1987), Boxing Injuries (1994), Head and Neck Injuries in Football: Guidelines for Prevention and Management, including the Concussion: Notes for Referees, Umpires and Coaches (1995)
  • any documents relating to the 2004 rescinding of the NHMRC guidelines
  • any response or correspondence received by NHMRC from the Australian Football League in relation to concussion.

Summary of document released

NHMRC meeting reports, as well as an Australian Football League Medical Officers’ Association report, survey and letter to NHMRC.

Number of documents and type of release

Three documents released in part with redactions applied under section 22 of the FOI Act, 30 documents released in full under previous NHMRC FOI requests (ref: 2021/22 001 and 2020/21 015) and access refused to 3 documents under sections 45 and 47G of the FOI Act. In addition, 3 documents were provided under administrative access and one document was released in part with a redaction applied under s22 of the FOI Act following the conclusion of a third-party review process.

2022/23 00827/01/2023

Description of request 

Access to:

  • the funding cut-off scores for each level of NHMRC’s 2022 Investigator Grant scheme
  • numbers of male and female applicants exceeding cut-off scores for each level.

Summary of document released 

Application Assessment Summary templates for Emerging Leadership 1, Emerging Leadership 2 and Leadership levels.

Number of documents and type of release 

Three documents were released in full and access to one document was refused under section 47E of the FOI Act.

2022/23 00930/01/2023

Description of request 

Access to the data file for the survey reported in Appendix A of the NHMRC publication ‘Consultation report: Options to reach gender equity in the Investigator Grant scheme’.

Summary of document released 

Microsoft Excel worksheet containing de-identified survey responses.

Number of documents and type of release 

One document released in part with redactions applied under sections 22, 45 and 47F of the FOI Act.

2022/23 00530/01/2023

Description of request 

Access to all correspondence in the years 2020 to 2022 (inclusive) between NHMRC and the Australian Human Rights Commission about NHMRC’s Investigator Grant scheme.

Summary of document released 

Meeting invitation, including agenda and participant list.

Number of documents and type of release 

One document (with attachments) released in part with redactions applied under sections 22, 47C and 47E of the FOI Act

2022/23 00421/12/2022 

Description of request 

Access to data on all 2022 Investigator Grant applications, including the level applied for, scores, whether it was funded and applicant gender.   

Summary of document released 

Tabular report containing randomised and de-identified information on scheme level applied for, whether the application was funded or not, and applicant gender. 

Number of documents and type of release 

One tabular report released in part with redactions applied under sections 47E and 47G of the FOI Act. 

2022/23 00220/12/2022

Description of request 

Access to data on the number of NHMRC employees, by gender and level of appointment. 

Summary of document released 

Tabular report containing de-identified information on NHMRC employees by gender and position classification. 

Number of documents and type of release 

One tabular report released in full. 

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