Freedom of Information requests

Since 2013, ICAN Australia has used freedom of information laws to obtain documents from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Defence in an effort to enhance public understanding of Australia’s role in undermining global efforts to advance nuclear disarmament. Many of the documents below reveal the government’s active behind-the-scenes campaign to prevent the negotiation of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.




The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organisations in more than one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the treaty.

ICAN was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to raise awareness of the devastating humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and for our role in achieving the treaty.