GIPA application information

Appendix twelve

Commentary on applications for information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA Act) can be found here.

Table A: Number of applications by type of applicant and outcome*

 

Access granted in full Access granted in part Access refused in full Information not held Information already available Refuse to deal with application Refuse to confirm/ deny whether information is held Application withdrawn
Media 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Members of parliament 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private sector business 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not for profit organisations or community groups 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Members of the public (application by legal representative) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Members of the public (other) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

* More than one decision can be made in respect of a particular access application. If so, a recording must be made in relation to each such decision. This also applies to table B.

Table B: Number of applications by type of application and outcome

 

Access granted in full Access granted in part Access refused in full Information not held Information already available Refuse to deal with application Refuse to confirm/ deny whether information is held Application withdrawn
Personal information applications* 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Access applications (other than personal information applications) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Access applications that are partly personal information applications and partly other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

* A ‘personal information application’ is an access application for personal information (as defined in clause 4 of Schedule 4 to the Act) about the applicant (the applicant being an individual).

 

Table C: Invalid applications

 

Reason for invalidity Number of applications
Application does not comply with formal requirements (section 41 of the Act) 0
Application is for excluded information of the agency (section 43 of the Act) 1
Application contravenes restraint order (section 110 of the Act) 0
Total number of invalid applications received 1
Invalid applications that subsequently became valid applications 0

 

Table D: Conclusive presumption of overriding public interest against disclosure: matters listed in Schedule 1 of the Act

 

Number of times consideration used*
Overriding secrecy laws 0
Cabinet information 0
Executive Council information 0
Contempt 0
Legal professional privilege 0
Excluded information 1
Documents affecting law enforcement and public safety 0
Transport safety  0
Adoption 0
Care and protection of children 0
Ministerial code of conduct 0
Aboriginal and environmental heritage 0

 

* More than one public interest consideration may apply in relation to a particular access application and, if so, each such consideration is to be recorded (but only once per application). This also applies in relation to Table E.

 

Table E: Other public interest considerations against disclosure: matters listed in table to section 14 of the Act

 

Number of occasions when application not successful
Responsible and effective government 0
Law enforcement and security 0
Individual rights, judicial processes and natural justice 0
Business interests of agencies and other persons 0
Environment, culture, economy and general matters 0
Secrecy provisions 0
Exempt documents under interstate Freedom of Information legislation 0

 

Table F: Timeliness

 

Number of applications
Decided within the statutory timeframe (20 days plus any extensions) 0
Decided after 35 days (by agreement with applicant) 0
Not decided within time (deemed refusal) 1
Total 1

 

Table G: Number of applications reviewed under Part 5 of the Act (by type of review and outcome)

 

Decision varied Decision upheld Total
Internal review 0 0 0
Review by Information Commissioner* 0 0 0
Internal review following recommendation under section 93 of Act 0 0 0
Review by Administrative Decisions Tribunal 0 0 0
Total 0 Total 0 Total 0

* The Information Commissioner does not have the authority to vary decisions, but can make recommendations to the original decision-maker. The data in this case indicates that a recommendation to vary or uphold the original decision has been made by the Information Commissioner.

 

Table H: Applications for review under Part 5 of the Act (by type of applicant)

 

Number of applications for review
Applications by access applicants 0
Applications by persons to whom information the subject of access application relates (see section 54 of the Act) 0

 

Table I: Applications transferred to other agencies under Division 2 of Part 4 of the Act (by type of transfer)

 

Number of applications transferred
Agency-initiated transfers 1
Applicant-initiated transfers 0