If you missed our Masterclass webinars earlier this year with some of Australia’s best journalists, we have good news for you – they’ll all be available to watch on demand online, rolling out each week. First up are two webinars from Seven News FOI editor Alison Sandy on tips for using FOI requests to gather information from government under, separately, NSW and QLD legislation.


Learn how to use Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests to underpin your journalism with award-winning journalist and Seven News FOI editor, Alison Sandy. Alison will talk through what kind of information is available and all the tricks and traps for getting hold of it.

FOI legislation exists to help citizens access information in the public interest. It’s becoming an increasingly essential tool for journalists, to uncover records and data that might otherwise go unseen. It should be a simple process, but it can be tricky; learn from an expert about how to avoid the obstacles and make the most of this integral research tool for reporting.

Alison will explain what kind of stories can benefit from FOI, what kind of information you can request, costs and fees, and variations in legislation from state to state.

Who should attend

Journalists and interested members of the public who would like to learn the process of making Freedom of Information requests. Journalists looking to build their investigative and research skills. Alison will cover the basics, you don’t need to have experience with FOI.

What you’ll take away

An understanding of Freedom of Information in Australia and the practical steps for lodging FOI requests. Tips for making your FOI request with the best chance of success.

FOI for Journalists (NSW)

FOI for Journalists (QLD)

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