FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1982

PART VIIB - INVESTIGATIONS AND COMPLAINTS  

Division 2 - Information Commissioner investigations  

Subdivision C - Decision to investigate  

SECTION 73   73   Information Commissioner investigations - discretion not to investigate  


The Information Commissioner may decide not to investigate, or not to continue to investigate, a complaint about an action made under section 70 if the Information Commissioner is satisfied of any of the following:


(a) that the action is not taken by an agency in the performance of the agency's functions or the exercise of the agency's powers under this Act;


(b) that:


(i) the complainant has or had a right to cause the action to be reviewed by the respondent agency, the Information Commissioner, a court or a tribunal; and

(ii) the complainant has not exercised, or did not exercise, the right; and

(iii) it would be, or would have been, reasonable for the complainant to exercise the right;


(c) that:


(i) the complainant has or had a right to complain about the action to another body; and

(ii) the complainant has not exercised, or did not exercise the right; and

(iii) it would be, or would have been, reasonable for the complainant to exercise the right;


(d) that the complainant has complained to the respondent agency, and the respondent agency:


(i) has dealt, or is dealing, adequately with the complaint; or

(ii) has not yet had an adequate opportunity to deal with the complaint;


(e) that the complaint is frivolous, vexatious, misconceived, lacking in substance or not made in good faith;


(f) that the complainant does not have a sufficient interest in the subject matter of the complaint.

Note:

The Information Commissioner may make a decision under this section to investigate only part of a complaint (see section 71 ).




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