33 Non-compliance with application requirement

(1) This section applies if—

(a) a person purports to make an access application for a document to an agency or Minister; and

(b) the application does not comply with all relevant application requirements.

(2) The agency or Minister must make reasonable efforts to contact the person within 15 business days after the purported application is received and inform the person how the application does not comply with a relevant application requirement.

(3) An agency or Minister must not refuse to deal with an application because it does not comply with all relevant application requirements without first giving the applicant a reasonable opportunity to consult with a view to making an application in a form complying with all relevant application requirements.

(4) The applicant is taken to have made an application under this Act if and when the application is made in a form complying with all relevant application requirements.

(5) Subsection (4) does not limit section 32.

(6) If, after giving the opportunity mentioned in subsection (3) and any consultation, an agency or Minister decides the application does not comply with all relevant application requirements, the agency or Minister must, within 10 business days after making the decision, give the applicant prescribed written notice of the decision.

(7) In this section—

relevant application requirement, for an access application, means a matter set out in section 24(2) or (3) that is required for the application.