Third parties consultation and decision-making

June 1, 2014 - 12:18pm

Notify applicants and third parties of decision at the same time

Consulted third parties must be given a decision letter if you decide to release a document contrary to the objections of a third party. The decision letter should be given to the third party and the applicant at the same time, or as soon as possible after, the decision letter is given to the applicant. This is because only one decision can be made in relation to an access application.


Private sector employees and personal information

June 1, 2014 - 12:15pm

Information requests for documents containing personal information of public sector employees are likely to attract public interest factors relevant to fostering government transparency and accountability1, which carry substantial weight.


Smile for the camera

June 1, 2014 - 12:13pm

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld


Admin access or RTI?

June 1, 2014 - 12:10pm

Wherever possible, formal applications for government-held information under the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act) should only be made as a last resort.1


Access to complaint documents

June 1, 2014 - 12:07pm

“I made a complaint two months ago about my neighbour’s barking dog. I want to know what you’ve done about it”.

Sound familiar? Many agencies encounter this situation on a regular basis, where a complainant informally requests, or formally applies for, access to information about a complaint they made.