Overview of Schedule 3, section 10(1)(f) RTI Act

Sections 47(3)(a) and 48 of the RTI Act provide that access may be refused to a document to the extent that it comprises 'exempt information'. Schedule 3 sets out the types of information which the Parliament has considered to be 'exempt information' because their disclosure would, on balance, be contrary to public interest.

Section summary

Information is exempt information if it is reasonable to expect that disclosing the information could prejudice the effectiveness of a lawful method or procedure for preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with a contravention of the law.


This section replicates section 42(1)(e) of the repealed FOI Act with no substantive changes.

Other relevant RTI/IP Act sections

Schedule 3, section 10(1) RTI Act

Schedule 3, section 10(1) of the RTI Act contains other exemptions for information relating to law enforcement or public safety.

However, information of the specific types listed in schedule 3, section 10(2) of the RTI Act will not be exempt under any of the exemptions contained in schedule 3, section 10(1) of the RTI Act.

Last updated: May 1, 2018