OIC note: The public interest balancing test is explained in the Annotation to section 47(3)(b) of the RTI Act. Specifically, for more detailed information about how the public interest test has been applied in particular contexts or in relation to particular documents, please see the ‘Public interest test applied - contexts’ part of that Annotation. In addition, the ‘Public interest test applied - factors’ part of that Annotation provides links to decisions which have considered particular public interest factors listed in schedule 4, as well as links to FOI Act Annotations where FOI Act provisions operated in a similar way to the current RTI Act public interest factors.
Disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to cause a public interest harm if disclosure could—
(a) prejudice the effectiveness of a method or procedure for the conduct of tests, examinations or audits by an agency; or
(b) prejudice achieving the objects of a test, examination or audit conducted by an agency; or
(c) have a substantial adverse effect on the management or assessment by an agency of the agency's staff; or
(d) have a substantial adverse effect on the conduct of industrial relations by an agency.