67 Grounds on which access may be refused

(1) An agency may refuse access to a document of the agency and a Minister may refuse access to a document of the Minister in the same way and to the same extent the agency or Minister could refuse access to the document under the Right to Information Act, section 47 were the document to be the subject of an access application under that Act.

Note—
See the Right to Information Act, section 47 (Grounds on which access may be refused). Generally, the grounds for refusal relate to issues concerning exempt information, the public interest, a child or applicant's best interests, documents being nonexistent or unable to be located and other availability of access to documents. However, see also section 4 (Act not intended to prevent other accessing or amendment of personal information) of this Act.

(2) It is the Parliament's intention that—

(a) the grounds on which access may be refused under the Right to Information Act, as applied under this Act, are to be interpreted narrowly; and

(b) an agency or Minister may give access to a document even if a ground on which access may be refused applies.