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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1982 - SECT 24A

Requests may be refused if documents cannot be found, do not exist or have not been received

Document lost or non-existent

             (1)  An agency or Minister may refuse a request for access to a document if:

                     (a)  all reasonable steps have been taken to find the document; and

                     (b)  the agency or Minister is satisfied that the document:

                              (i)  is in the agency's or Minister's possession but cannot be found; or

                             (ii)  does not exist.

Document not received as required by contract

             (2)  An agency may refuse a request for access to a document if:

                     (a)  in order to comply with section 6C, the agency has taken contractual measures to ensure that it receives the document; and

                     (b)  the agency has not received the document; and

                     (c)  the agency has taken all reasonable steps to receive the document in accordance with those contractual measures.



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