The crux of the matter:
Francis and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (Freedom of information)  AATA 12 | Administrative Appeals Tribunal<p>The applicant submitted a freedom of information application to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority for certain details from the drug tests taken by players of Essendon Football Club during the 2012 supplements program controversy. The AAT affirmed the Australian Information...www.aat.gov.au
In its decision, the AAT considered five criteria provided in the FOI Guidelines issued by Information Commissioner. The issue for the AAT primarily lay with two criteria; whether the information had the necessary quality of confidentiality and whether it must have been communicated and received on the basis of a mutual understanding of confidence.
The AAT concluded that it was clear that the dates had not entered into the public domain. They are not a matter of public knowledge. There are a relatively small number of people who have had access to this information, but, as will be discussed below, that access is covered by a veil of strict confidentiality born from statutory, contractual and equitable sources.