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 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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  • personal information about any person if publication of that information would be unreasonable
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  • Information attached to, or referred to, in NHMRC’s disclosure log may be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.

Accessing information in the Disclosure Log 

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.

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Annual FOI Disclosure Log (2021–22)

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 This can occur because the FOI request has been withdrawn at the request of the applicant, or information is deemed by the relevant Decision Maker to be of a commercial-in-confidential or personal nature, in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 Date FOI content
2021/22 005 8/10/2021

Description of request

Access to:

  • documents, or a list of anyone NHMRC has funded for any and all short and long term research/studies, that are relied upon for the risk and safety assessment regarding the Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus vaccine, as well as the Hexaxim, Infanrix, Infanrix hexa, Infanrix IPV, Quadracel, Tripacel, and Immunoglobulin (+/-) vaccines, as well as a tetanus only vaccine, concerning healthy children, children with neutropenia, and also children with a family history of ADEM (Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis) related vaccine injury
  • studies NHMRC has funded regarding the safety and effects of formaldehyde on the living human body.

Summary of document released

Tabular report containing publically available grant information. 

Number of documents and type of release

One document released in full containing publically available grant information, however, access refused to most parts of the request under subsection 24A(1) of the FOI Act on the basis that the documents requested do not exist within NHMRC as these matters are the role of another government agency.

2021/22 001 4/08/2021

Description of request

Access to:

  • all documents relating to the rescinding of the NHMRC Guidelines contained within the publication titled “Boxing Injuries” (the Report), including but not limited to written submissions by government agencies and non-governmental bodies, internal memoranda, research reports and data, any new evidence to support the rescission and the basis for rescission of said guidelines 
  • all documents or the like detailing the process of rescinding the above NHMRC Guidelines from its inception to actual rescission, including dates of the various stages of the rescission process 
  • in the preparation of the Report, position statements obtained from specified medical colleges, societies and associations, as well as specified publications and documents referred to in the bibliography of the Report

Summary of documents released

Publication assessment report, position statements and committee reports.

Number of documents and type of release

Six documents released in full, in addition to the documents released under a previous FOI (2020/21 015).


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