Full Court Minute Books

Case B47/2013

Kline v. Official Secretary to the Governor General and Anor

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

19/12/2012 Federal Court of Australia (Keane CJ, Besanko and Robertson JJ)

[2012] FCAFC 184


Administrative law – Freedom of Information – Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (“the Act”) – Request for access to documents – Documents concerning appointments to the Order of Australia – Under s 6A documents that relate to matters of an administrative nature are exempt from the Act – Whether documents that relate to powers and functions of Governor General in administering the Order of Australia relate to matters of an administrative nature – Meaning of “administrative nature”.

Words and phrases – “of an administrative nature” – “substantive power or function”.

Short Particulars


16/08/2013 Hearing (SLA, Melbourne)

29/08/2013 Notice of appeal

23/09/2013 Written submissions (Appellant)

23/09/2013 Chronology (Appellant)

08/10/2013 Written submissions (First Respondent)

25/10/2013 Reply

30/10/2013 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

06/12/2013 Judgment  (Judgment summary)