Sheridan and Nanago Shire Council
(210330, 13 December 2007)
Sufficiency of Search
The applicant in this case contested the sufficiency of searches undertaken by the Nanango Shire Council (Council) for documents relating to the applicant’s previous employment with Council. The applicant contended that certain items of correspondence and diary entries should exist in Council’s possession or control. Applying the principles set out in Shepherd and Department of Housing, Local Government and Planning (1994) 1QAR 464, Acting Information Commissioner Rangihaeata was satisfied that there were no reasonable grounds to believe that further documents responsive to the applicant’s application exist in Council’s possession or control, and the Council’s searches were reasonable in all the circumstances of the case.
Section 22(a) Documents to which access may be refused, access under another arrangement
Council refused access to Library Reports on the basis that the documents were available for inspection and copying on request. Acting Information Commissioner Rangihaeata found that Council was entitled to refuse access to Library Reports on this basis, under section 22(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (Qld).