Access to Court Documents

Access to Court documents is governed by Division 2.4 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) (Rules). How you apply to access Court documents will vary depending on whether you are:

The Court may approve or refuse a request (either in whole or in part) and may approve a Request subject to any conditions that the Court may consider appropriate (see generally r 2.31 of the Rules).

How to make an access request to inspect Court documents

To make a request, see How to make an access request to inspect Court documents.

Some documents in particular types of proceedings, for example examinations under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth), are not available for inspection by anyone without an order of the Court.

The Access to Documents and Transcripts Practice Note (GPN-ACCS) provides you with guidance on how to access Court documents in a case including what the Court will take into consideration when assessing access requests.


Please note that if there is no order that a transcript is confidential, a person may obtain a copy of the transcript in a proceeding from the Court's transcript provider.

More information is available under Access to Transcript and also in the Access to Documents and Transcripts Practice Note (GPN-ACCS).

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