Request for copy of Teachers Register

Publicly available
Official Information Act 1982
Section 18
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Official Information Act 1982, s 18(d)
Education Council
Leo Donnelly
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Information was not publicly available in the form requested—s 18(d) did not apply

The Education Council refused a request for a full copy of the Teachers Register in CSV format on the basis that the information was publicly available, and the requester complained to the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman noted that the Teachers Register is available online, but the information in that register is not publicly available in CSV format. Section 18(d) did not provide a proper basis for refusing to supply the requested information in the format specified. The Ombudsman also formed the opinion that the online availability of the information in the register negated any need to withhold that same information in CSV format in order to protect the privacy of natural persons. The Education Council agreed to release the Teachers Register in CSV format and the complaint was resolved.

This case note is published under the authority of the Ombudsmen Rules 1989. It sets out an Ombudsman’s view on the facts of a particular case. It should not be taken as establishing any legal precedent that would bind an Ombudsman in future.

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