Overview of Section 42(1)(a) FOI Act

Section summary

Matter is exempt if there is a reasonably based expectation that its disclosure could prejudice the investigation of a contravention or possible contravention of the law. This exemption is subject to section 42(2) of the FOI Act.

Other relevant FOI Act sections

Section 42 FOI Act
Section 42(1) of the FOI Act contains other exemptions for matter relating to law enforcement or public safety. Section 42(2) of the FOI Act excludes certain matter from being exempt under section 42(1) of the FOI Act. Matter is not exempt if:

  • it consists of any of the specific types of matter listed in section 42(2)(a) of the FOI Act; and
  • its disclosure would, on balance, be in the public interest.

Section 42(5) of the FOI Act defines the terms 'law', 'prescribed crime body' and 'prescribed functions' for the purposes of section 42 of the FOI Act.

Last updated: April 23, 2012