Official Information Act

Corrections receives a large number of requests for information under the Official Information Act (OIA). Selected responses to OIA requests will soon be published here. Responses will be published two weeks or more after the requester has been sent their response, with the requester's name and address removed.

The Official Information Act 1982 is designed to make government activities more open and transparent to the public. It has two very important roles:

  • to make official information more freely available to the public; and
  • it protects official information to the extent consistent with the public interest.

Information will be made available unless there is a good reason to withhold it. The OIA sets out a number of reasons for which information may be withheld. These reasons include preservation of personal privacy and protection of information which has been received in confidence. Where there is good reason for withholding it, information may still be released if there are overriding considerations which mean it is in the public interest to release particular information. More information about how the OIA operates can be found on the Office of the Ombudsman website.

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