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.
(1) Disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to cause a public interest harm because disclosure could—
(a) have a substantial adverse effect on the ability of government to manage the economy of the State; or
(b) expose any person or class of persons to an unfair advantage or disadvantage because of the premature disclosure of information concerning proposed action or inaction of the Assembly or government in the course of, or for, managing the economy of the State.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1)(a), that paragraph applies to information the disclosure of which would reveal—
(a) the consideration of a contemplated movement in government taxes, fees or charges; or
(b) the imposition of credit controls.