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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1982 - SECT 53A

What is an access refusal decision?

                   An access refusal decision is any of the following decisions:

                     (a)  a decision refusing to give access to a document in accordance with a request;

                     (b)  a decision giving access to a document but not giving, in accordance with the request, access to all documents to which the request relates;

                     (c)  a decision purporting to give, in accordance with a request, access to all documents to which the request relates, but not actually giving that access;

                     (d)  a decision to defer the provision of access to a document (other than a document covered by paragraph 21(1)(d) (Parliament should be informed of contents));

                     (e)  a decision under section 29 relating to imposition of a charge or the amount of a charge;

                      (f)  a decision to give access to a document to a qualified person under subsection 47F(5);

                     (g)  a decision refusing to amend a record of personal information in accordance with an application made under section 48;

                     (h)  a decision refusing to annotate a record of personal information in accordance with an application made under section 48.

Note:          If a decision is not made on a request under section 15 within the time required by that section, a decision is taken to have been made to refuse to give access to a document in accordance with the request (see section 15AC).



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