Guidelines - Access and amendment

Guidelines related to the access provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 and the access and amendment provisions of Chapter 3 of the Information Privacy Act 2009:

Introduction to the Acts

General outline of the requirements of the RTI and IP Acts, including terminology and helpful checklists.

Proactive disclosure

Information about proactive disclosure of government held information, publication schemes, administrative access and publishing data.

Receiving and assessing applications

Explains the requirements for receiving and assessing applications, determining which Act applies and whether an application is valid.

Neither confirm nor deny

Agencies may neither confirm nor deny the existence of documents in response to some applications, e.g. where refusing access would reveal information that could cause harm or would be contrary to the public interest.

Processing applications

Deals with all stages of application processing, including searching for documents, fees and charges, transferring and timeframes.

Decision making

Deals with all stages of application processing, including searching for documents, fees and charges, transferring and timeframes.

Accessing documents

Information about giving access to documents after making an access decision.

Disclosure logs

Explains the disclosure log requirements for departments and Ministers and all other agencies.

Reviewing a decision

Explains the review provisions and processes for agencies and applicants.

Vexatious applications

Information for agencies considering applying for a vexatious applicant declarations. This guidance may also help applicants who are the subject of such applications.

Information Obligations of Public Service Employees

Extensive summary of the information rules requiring, prohibiting and encouraging disclosure, which apply generally to public service officers.