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The Chief Ombudsman has published a case note on a complaint about a request for information about the names of COVID-19 clusters linked to cases in the Bay of Plenty District.
By law, when you ask an agency for official information, they have to respond to your request as soon as reasonably practicable - and no later than 20 working days after they receive it.
The Chief Ombudsman has published a new guide today on the OIA’s confidentiality withholding ground.
The OIA says that information must be made available unless there is a good reason not to.
The Chief Ombudsman has published a new guide today on the OIA’s privacy withholding ground.
The Inquiries Act 2013 provided a new framework for the conduct of public and government inquiries into matters of public importance.
But there has been some uncertainty about how it interacts with the Official Information Act (OIA).
A case note released today looks into a complaint about Child, Youth and Family, which became Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, removing a five-day-old child from their autistic mother.
The Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) is writing a report about disabled people’s experiences during the COVID-19 emergency.
The Chief Ombudsman has published a new guide on how to deal with OIA requests for the names and contact details of public sector employees.
This guide answers questions from agencies and requesters about dealing with official information requests during the COVID-19 emergency. It:
The Chief Ombudsman has provided agencies responsible for places of detention with a set of principles to guide them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
OPCAT inspections and visits during COVID-19 pandemic – update and Statement of Principles
Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen from across Australia and New Zealand are urging government agencies to do more to make information available for the benefit of citizens.
Our newest OQR is out. In this issue:
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