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Freedom of Information Act 1982

Freedom of Information Act 1982

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Freedom of Information Act 1982
Act No. 3 of 1982 as amended
This compilation was prepared on 9 May 2003taking into account amendments up to Act No. 28 of 2003The text of any of those amendments not in forceon that date is appended in the Notes sectionThe operation of amendments that have been incorporated may beaffected by application provisions that are set out in the Notes sectionPrepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting,Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra
 
 
Freedom of Information Act 1982 iii
 
Contents
Part I—Preliminary
1
 
1 Short title [
see
Note 1]......................................................................1
 
2 Commencement [
see
Note 1]............................................................1
 
3 Object................................................................................................1
 
4 Interpretation.....................................................................................2
 
4A Certain legislation relating to Australian Capital Territorynot to be enactment...........................................................................9
 
5 Act to apply to courts in respect of administrative matters.............10
 
6 Act to apply to certain tribunals in respect of administrativematters............................................................................................10
 
6A Official Secretary to the Governor-General....................................11
 
6B Eligible case managers....................................................................11
 
7 Exemption of certain persons and bodies........................................11
 
Part II—Publication of certain documents and information
13
 
8 Publication of information concerning functions anddocuments of agencies....................................................................13
 
9 Certain documents to be available for inspection andpurchase..........................................................................................15
 
10 Unpublished documents not to prejudice public.............................18
 
Part III—Access to documents
20
 
11 Right of access................................................................................20
 
12 Part not to apply to certain documents............................................20
 
13 Documents in certain institutions....................................................21
 
14 Access to documents apart from Act...............................................22
 
15 Requests for access.........................................................................22
 
15A Request for access to personnel records..........................................24
 
16 Transfer of requests........................................................................25
 
17 Requests involving use of computers etc........................................26
 
18 Access to documents to be given on request...................................27
 
20 Forms of access...............................................................................27
 
21 Deferment of access........................................................................29
 
22 Deletion of exempt matter or irrelevant material............................29
 
23 Decisions to be made by authorised persons...................................30
 
24 Requests may be refused in certain cases........................................31
 
24A Requests may be refused if documents cannot be found or donot exist...........................................................................................33
 
25 Information as to existence of certain documents...........................33
 
26 Reasons and other particulars of decisions to be given...................34
 

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