RFD and Department of Police
RFD and Queensland Police Service
(1996 S0107, 1 September 1997)
The applicants sought access to information concerning allegations of child abuse involving their daughter (including the identities of the notifier, and the alleged abuser) that were investigated by police, but not substantiated. The QPS agreed to disclose information indicating that neither parent was alleged to be the abuser.
Applying McEniery and Medical Board of Queensland (1994) 1 QAR 349, the Information Commissioner decided that matter in issue which would identify the notifier was exempt matter under s.42(1)(b) of the FOI Act.
Applying Stewart and Department of Transport (1993) 1 QAR 227, the Information Commissioner decided that the balance of the matter in issue was exempt matter under s.44(1) of the FOI Act.
In response to a 'sufficiency of search' issue raised by the applicants, the Information Commissioner found that there were no reasonable grounds for believing that any additional documents of the type sought by the applicant, existed in the possession or control of the QPS.