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GA v The University of Sydney [2010] NSWADT 76

This decision considered the application of the terms ‘misconceived’ and ‘lacking in substance’ in relation to the equivalent provision in the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW). The applicant sought access to documents regarding his application for and enrolment in the University of Sydney Graduate Medical Program.

Upon consideration of the application, Molony P was satisfied the application was made to obtain admissions from the agency which would assist him in litigation. The application was found to be ‘misconceived’ or ‘lacking in substance’ and any attempt to use the FOI Act for collateral purposes should be rejected.

Last updated: March 5, 2012