FOI review decisions

The outcomes of our Freedom of Information (open access) reviews are published on the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) website. They are also published below.

For information on how to make a complaint about the FOI process or how to get a review see: FOI complaints and reviews.

2022

    'BR' and Canberra Health Services [2022] ACTOFOI 3 (26 April 2022)
    Date published: 12 May 2022
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) - deciding access - whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest - transfer of access application - contribute to the administration of justice generally, including procedural fairness - contribute to the administration of justice for a person - impede the administration of justice generally, including procedural fairness - impede the administration of justice for a person - prejudice the management function of an agency or the conduct of industrial relations by an agency - prejudice a deliberative process of government - information is about unsubstantiated allegations of misconduct, or unlawful, negligent or improper conduct and disclosure of the information could prejudice the fair treatment of an individual.

  • 'BQ' and University of Canberra [2022] ACTOFOI 2 (25 March 2022)
    Date Published: 1 April 2022
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – promote open discussion of public affairs and enhance the government’s accountability – individual’s right to privacy – agency’s ability to obtain confidential information – disclosure is prohibited by an Act of the Territory, a State or the Commonwealth.
  • Manteena Commercial Pty Ltd and Education Directorate [2022] ACTOFOI 1 (4 February 2022)
    Date Published: 9 February 2022
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – decision-maker to tell relevant third parties – identifying all government information within scope – legal professional privilege – promote open discussion of public affairs and enhance the government’s accountability – contribute to positive and informed debate on important issues or matters of public interest – ensure effective oversight of expenditure of public funds – allow or assist inquiry into possible deficiencies in the conduct or administration of an agency – reveal the reason for a government decision and any background or contextual information that informed the decision – trade secrets, business affairs and research – competitive commercial activities of an agency.

2021

  • BP and Justice and Community Safety Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 19 (22 December 2021)
    Date Published: 22 December 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – prejudice the effectiveness of a lawful method or procedure for preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with a contravention or possible contravention of the law – prejudice the maintenance or enforcement of a lawful method or procedure for protecting public safety – advance the fair treatment of an individual in accordance with the law in their dealings with the government – prejudice the protection of an individual’s right to privacy – prejudice an agency’s ability to obtain confidential information – prejudice the management function of an agency or the conduct of industrial relations by an agency
  • Department of Health, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ACT Health Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 18 (20 December 2021)
    Date Published: 20 December 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – third party consultation – whether information is in scope – security of the Commonwealth, the Territory or a State – promote open discussion of public affairs and enhance the government’s accountability – contribute to positive and informed debate on matters of public interest – reveal health risks or measures relating to public health and safety – prejudice a person’s right to privacy under the Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT) – prejudice intergovernmental relations
  • ‘BO’ and ACT Ombudsman [2021] ACTOFOI 17 (6 December 2021)
    Date Published: 8 December 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – information in possession of Ombudsman – Ombudsman Act 1989 -
  • Craig Dunlop and Teacher Quality Institute [2021] ACTOFOI 16 (26 November 2021)
    Date Published: 29 November 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest –
    information officers may act for other agencies – content of the decision notice – identifying information within scope – prejudice the protection of an individual’s right to privacy or any other right under the ACT Human Rights Act 2004 – promote open discussion of public
    affairs and enhance the government’s accountability – contribute to positive and informed debate on important matters of public interest
    – allow or assist inquiry into possible deficiencies in the conduct or administration of an agency or official – reveal the reason for a government decision and any background or contextual information that informed the decision – prejudice to investigation
  • ‘BN’ and Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 15 (23 November 2021)
    Date Published: 25 November 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether
    disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – contribute to the administration of justice generally, including procedural fairness – contribute to the administration of justice for a person – an individual’s right to privacy under the Human Rights Act
    2004 (ACT)
  • 'BM' and Justice and Community Safety Directorates [2021] ACTOFOI 14 (23 November 2021)
    Date Published: 25 November 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether
    disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – prejudice an agency’s ability to obtain confidential information – prejudice the management function of an agency or the conduct of industrial relations by an agency – inform the community of the government’s operations, including the policies, guidelines and codes of conduct followed by the government in its dealings with members of the
    community – allow or assist inquiry into possible deficiencies in the conduct or administration of an agency or public official – advance the fair treatment of individuals and other entities in accordance with the law in their dealings with the government – personal information of the applicant – an individual’s right to privacy under the Human Rights Act 2004
  • 'BL' and Education Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 13 (29 October 2021)
    Date Published: 1 November 2021 
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – contribute to positive and informed debate on important issues or matters of public interest – ensure effective oversight of expenditure of public funds – trade secrets, business affairs or research
  • BK’ and Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 12 (23 September 2021)
    Date Published: 27 September 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether
    disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – Cabinet information – Promote open discussion of public affairs and enhance the government’s accountability – Contribute to positive and informed debate on important issues and matters of public interest – Reveal the reason for a government decision and any background or contextual information that informed the decision – An individual’s right to privacy
  • ‘BJ’ and ACT Health Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 11 (21 September 2021)
    Date Published: 22 September 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – refusing
    to deal with application – dealing with the application would require an unreasonable and substantial diversion of the respondent’s
    resources
  • ‘BI’ and Canberra Health Services [2021] ACTOFOI 10 (21 September 2021)
    Date Published: 22 September 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – refusing to deal with application – dealing with the application would require an unreasonable and substantial diversion of the respondent’s resources
  • Manteena Commercial Pty Ltd and Major Projects Canberra [2021] ACTOFOI 9 (8 September 2021)
    Date Published: 10 September 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – legal professional privilege – promote open discussion of public affairs and enhance government’s accountability – ensure effective oversight of expenditure of public funds – allow or assist inquiry into possible deficiency in the conduct or administration of an agency or public official – reveal the reason for a government decision and any background or contextual information that informed the decision – trade secrets, business affairs and research – competitive commercial activities of an agency
    BH and Transport Canberra and City Services [2021] ACTOFOI 8 (26 August 2021)
    Date Published: 30 August 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – information is not held by respondent
  • Sarah Curnow and ACT Health Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 7 (29 July 2021)
    Date Published: 3 August 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – Cabinet information – legal professional privilege – promote open discussion of public affairs and enhance government’s accountability – contribute to positive and informed debate on important issues or matters of public interest – allow or assist inquiry into possible deficiencies in the conduct or administration of an agency or public official – reveal the reason for a government decision and any background or contextual information that informed the decision – reveal environmental or health risks or measures relating to public health and safety – intergovernmental relations – deliberative process of government – agency’s ability to obtain confidential information
  • BG and Education Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 06 (15 June 2021)
    Date Published: 28 June 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – existence of documents – information subject to legal professional privilege – Cabinet information – personal information – prejudice trade secrets, business affairs or research – prejudice intergovernmental relations –
    prejudice an agency’s ability to obtain confidential information -
    promote open discussion of public affairs and enhance the
    government’s accountability - contribute to the positive and informed debate on important issues or matters of public interest - reveal the reason for a government decision and any background or contextual information that informed the decision
  • Giulia Jones and Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 5 (19 May 2021)
    Date Published:  27 May 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – cabinet information
  • BF and Canberra Health Services [2021] ACTOFOI 4 (6 May 2021)
    Date  Published: 6 May 2021 
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – allow or
    assist inquiry into possible deficiencies in the administration of an agency – an individual’s right to privacy – an agency’s ability to obtain
    confidential information – the management function of an agency or the conduct of industrial relations
  • ClubsACT and ACT Health Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 3 (9 April 2021)
    Date Published: 12 April 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – promote open discussion of public affairs and enhance the government’s accountability – reveal the reason for a government decision or any background or contextual information that informed the decision – individual’s right to privacy – trade secrets, business affairs and research – intergovernmental relations – a deliberative process of government
  • Jon Stanhope and Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 2 (9 April 2021)  
    Date published: 12 April  2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – Cabinet information – promote open discussion of public affairs and enhance government’s accountability – contribute to positive and informed debate on important issues and matters of public interest – reveal the reason for a government decision and any background or contextual information that informed the decision – an individual’s right to privacy – intergovernmental relations – trade secrets, business affairs or research – competitive commercial activities of an agency – economy of the Territory
  • BE and Justice and Community Safety Directorate [2021] ACTOFOI 1 (21 February 2021)
    Date published: 21 February 2021
    Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) – deciding access – whether disclosure of information is contrary to the public interest – secrecy provision – prohibited by law – whether documents are in scope

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