Students should be aware of the potential effects of government Freedom of Information legislation whereby persons may seek to gain access to a thesis or confidential appendix that has been granted restricted access status by the University. Although Freedom of information legislation provides for a range of exemptions that will in most instances protect a thesis from being accessed against the wishes of the author, students are advised to be circumspect in the use of confidential information and sources for which a long-term embargo would be necessary.

Students contemplating using information that may need to be sequestered in a confidential appendix, are strongly advised to seek the advice of their supervisors and the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School on whether use of the information is advisable, or necessary for achieving a favourable outcome for the candidature. Desirably, this should occur well in advance of submission, and preferably at admission or during the candidature confirmation procedure.