50 Contrary to child's best interests

OIC note: The operation of this provision is explained in the Annotation to section 47(3)(c) of the RTI Act.

(1) If an access application is made to an agency or Minister for a document, the agency or Minister must decide to give access to the document unless disclosure would, on balance, be contrary to the public interest.

(2) Despite schedule 3, section 12(2) and schedule 4, part 2, item 8, in relation to an application by or for a child for access to a document, the Parliament considers it would, on balance, be contrary to the public interest to give access to the document to the extent it comprises personal information of the child if the disclosure of the information would not be in the child's best interests.

(3) In considering whether disclosure of the information would not be in the best interests of the child, the agency or Minister must, unless the access application was made for the child, have regard to whether the child has the capacity to—

(a) understand the information and the context in which it was recorded; and

(b) make a mature judgment as to what might be in his or her best interests.

(4) However, despite an agency or Minister being able, under section 47(3)(c), to refuse access to all or part of a document, the agency or Minister may decide to give access.

(5) In this section—

child means an individual who is under 18 years.