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Substantial collation or research: A guide to section 18(f) of the OIA and section 17(f) of the LGOIMA

Substantial collation or research
Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987
Section 17
Official Information Act 1982
Section 18
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Section 18(f) of the OIA (section 17(f) of the LGOIMA) is one of a number of mechanisms under the Act for dealing with requests for information that are administratively challenging to meet.

It enables a request to be refused—as a last resort, once an agency has attempted or at least considered attempting all the other mechanisms that are available to manage the request—if it cannot be met without substantial collation or research.

The guide covers:

  • Refusal is a last resort
  • Related provisions
  • What is substantial collation or research?
  • What's not substantial collation or research?
  • Processing administratively challenging requests
  • Should the agency be able to make the information available?

The guide has practical resources including a step-by-step work sheet for dealing with administratively challenging requests, case studies and template letters.

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