The Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) commenced on 1 July 2009. The Department will make information available as released under the act that is of significant interest to the wider public. This information is identified in our disclosure log. The disclosure log contains information released since 1 July 2009 and does not identify all information released under Right to Information.
New obligations for departments and ministers following the commencement of Part 2 of the Right to Information and Integrity (Openness and Transparency) Amendment Act 2012 (the Amendment Act) are now in place.
The Act requires departments and ministers to include certain information in a disclosure log as soon as practicable after a valid access application is made, in particular, the details of the information being sought and the date the application was made valid.
If departments and ministers decide to give access to a document that does not contain personal information of the applicant, and the applicant accesses the document within the access period (40 business days), departments and ministers are required to also include in the disclosure log a copy of the document, the name of the applicant and if access to the document was sought for the benefit or use by an entity other than the applicant, the name of the other entity*.
If the applicant does not access the document within the access period, then the details of the document and information about the way in which the document may be accessed changes will be included in the disclosure log.
Our disclosure log will be maintained on the status of Right to Information access applications including:
- departmental reference
- the date the access application was made valid
- a summary of the request for information.
After the documents have been accessed, the following will be provided:
- the name of the applicant
- a copy of the documents for release.
Once the applicant has accessed their documents, the applicant's name will be placed on the disclosure log and a copy of the documents, with the removal of any information that:
- may be defamatory
- its publication may be prevented by law
- it is of a confidential nature communicated in confidence or protected from disclosure under a contract
- it would, if included in a disclosure log, unreasonably invade an individual's privacy or cause substantial harm to an entity.
Where the released documents are not attached to the relevant entry, the below information will help you identify the Department's reason for not including the documents:
- No documents released, or pages would be blank after the removal of personal information.
- Documents not published due to privacy or confidentiality considerations.
- Documents contain information that could be defamatory.
- Documents not published due to copyright or contractual considerations, or prevents by law.
- Publication of documents may cause substantial harm to an entity.