Overview of Section 45(1)(c) FOI Act

Section summary

Matter is exempt if its disclosure would disclose information concerning the business, professional, commercial or financial affairs of an agency or another person (other than trade secrets or information mentioned in 45(1)(b)) and:

  • could reasonably be expected to have an adverse effect on those affairs; or
  • could reasonably be expected to prejudice the future supply of such information to government.

This exemption is subject to the exception in section 45(2) and will not apply if disclosing the information would, on balance, be in the public interest.


Section 45(1) provides exemptions for commercially sensitive information in the possession or control of government agencies in order to prevent unwarranted commercial disadvantage to:1

  • persons carrying on commercial activities who supply information to government or about whom government collects information; or
  • agencies conducting commercial activities.

1Cannon and Australian Quality Egg Farms Limited (1994) 1 QAR 491 at paragraphs 27-28; Wanless Wastecorp Pty Ltd and Caboolture Shire Council; JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd (Third Party) (2003) 6 QAR 242 at paragraph 30.

Last updated: March 5, 2012