Freedom of information

Information Publication Scheme

The Commission is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). Agencies subject to the FOI Act are required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publications Scheme (IPS). This requirement is in Part II of the FOI Act and has replaced the former requirement to publish a s.8 statement in an annual report.

Each agency must display a plan on its website showing what information it publishes in accordance with the requirements. The Commission's Information publication plan can be found on its website.

FOI requests

This financial year the Commission received 35 FOI requests, up from 29 the previous year. This number includes requests which may have subsequently been transferred to another agency or withdrawn. FOI requests were managed by FOI officers within the Reporting, Planning and Legal Team.

Timeliness

The FOI Act requires the Commission to notify an FOI applicant that their request has been received no later than 14 days after the day on which the request is received. The Commission provided notification in accordance with this timeframe for 100 per cent of FOI requests received.

The FOI Act requires the Commission to notify the FOI applicant of a decision on their request no later than 30 days after the day on which the request was received. Where third-party consultation is required to process an FOI request, the FOI Act extends this timeframe by a further period of 30 days.

Where FOI requests are complex or voluminous, further extensions of processing time are allowed under the FOI Act by agreement with the FOI applicant or by application to the Information Commissioner. The Commission sought, and was granted, extensions of time by a delegate of the Information Commissioner in relation to one request this year.

The Commission issued decisions on FOI requests within the applicable timeframe for 100 per cent of those FOI requests which were received and which were not withdrawn or transferred to another agency.