Dealing with OIA requests involving Ministers: A guide to transfer, consultation, and the notification of decisions on OIA requests

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consultation
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Legislation:
Official Information Act 1982
Section 14
Section 15
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Language:
English

This guide provides advice for agencies dealing with OIA requests where Ministers might need to be involved.

It explains when it is lawful and reasonable for an agency to:

  • transfer a request to a Minister;

  • consult a Minister on a request; or

  • notify a Minister of a decision the agency has taken on a request.

It has practical resources including:

  • a flow chart for dealing with requests involving Ministers;

  • a step-by-step worksheet for dealing with requests involving Ministers; and

  • case studies of actual complaints considered by the Ombudsman.

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