Why you may be refused access

Under the FOI Act, we may refuse to give you access to documents if they are exempt documents.

Exempt documents include those where disclosure of the documents or the information in them:

  • could reasonably be expected to prejudice an investigation
  • could reasonably be expected to prejudice the proper administration of the law or the proper and efficient conduct of our operations
  • would involve the unreasonable disclosure of personal information of another person or constitute a breach of confidence
  • is prohibited under other legislation - for example, under the tax law secrecy provisions
  • is subject to legal professional privilege
  • relates to government deliberative processes
  • is contrary to the public interest.

The Australian Information Commissioner publishes guidelines to help us make fair and consistent decisions about requests for information under FOI.

If you are refused access to documents, you can have that decision reviewed.

Sometimes we may give you a document with some material deleted. We will tell you why. You can have our decision reviewed.

    Last modified: 05 Jan 2016QC 16687