FOI Exemptions

Exemptions exist to protect information that should not be disclosed, for example because disclosing it would be harmful to another person or it would be against the public interest.

Under the Act there are two different types of exemption, absolute and qualified. Absolute exemptions are ones that you can withhold automatically for example personal data. If it is qualified then we must consider the public interest arguments. This balancing exercise is called the public interest test (PIT).

Absolute exemptions

Qualified exemptions


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