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2011 FOI review decisions

Below is the table showing the decisions that have been made in 2011, with summary details for each one. The links in the first column take you to the decision itself, in either PDF or HTML format. Direct links to AustLII are provided below.

Also available are table summaries for decisions made in 2015, decisions made in 2014, decisions made in 2013 and decisions made in 2012.

The table below refers to provisions of the FOI Act unless otherwise specified. 

2011 FOI review decisions
Decision Legislative provision/s Catchword summary Decision under review IC review decision
Parnell and Prime Minister of Australia (No 2) [2011] AICmr 12 (23 December 2011) (AustLII link)

pdfPrintable version796.61 KB
s 4(1) Whether diary entry relating to political party function is an official document of a Minister Access refusal Affirmed
Washington and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority [2011] AICmr 11 (22 December 2011) (AustLII link)

pdfPrintable version624.32 KB
ss 11A(5), 47J, 55 Request for access to risk registers maintained by regulator — Whether documents conditionally exempt from release Request for access to risk registers maintained by regulator — Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents Procedure in IC Review — Access by IC Review applicant to submissions containing exempt material Access refusal Affirmed
Parnell and Prime Minister of Australia [2011] AICmr 10 (21 December 2011) (AustLII link)

pdfPrintable version631.53 KB
s 4(1) Whether letter to Prime Minister from a political organisation is an official document of a Minister Access refusal Affirmed
Baljurda Comprehensive Consulting Pty Ltd and the Australian Agency for International Development [2011] AICmr 8 (18 November 2011) (AustLII link)

pdfPrintable version568.19 KB
s 29(5) Charges — Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charges Access refusal Set aside and substituted
'C' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2011] AICmr 7 (22 September 2011) (AustLII link)

pdfPrintable version720.15 KB
ss 11A(5), 11B, 47F Travel and visa information relating to a third party — Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable Public interest test — Personal information relating to a third party — Whether relationship between applicant and third party relevant Access refusal Affirmed
'B' and Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General [2011] AICmr 6 (9 August 2011) (AustLII link)

'B' and Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General [2011] AICmr 6 (9 August 2011) Printable version612.48 KB
s 6A Request for access to documents — Whether document of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General 'relates to matters of an administrative nature' — Documents concerning appointments to the Order of Australia Access refusal Affirmed — Affirmed by the AAT:[2012] AATA 247 (30 April 2012)


Affirmed by the High Court of Australia:
[2013] HCA 52 (6 December 2013)

Carver and Fair Work Ombudsman [2011] AICmr 5 (27 July 2011) (AustLII link)

Carver and Fair Work Ombudsman [2011] AICmr 5 (27 July 2011) Printable version (amended 29 August 2011)661.06 KB
ss 11A(5), 47C, 47E, 47F Request for access to documents relating to an investigation under the APS Code of Conduct — Whether documents conditionally exempt from release Request for access to documents relating to an investigation under the APS Code of Conduct — Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents Access refusal Set aside and substituted
'A' and Department of Health and Ageing [2011] AICmr 4 (15 June 2011) (AustLII link)

'A' and Department of Health and Ageing [2011] AICmr 4 (15 June 2011) Printable version513.39 KB
ss 38, 38(1A), 55K, 55L; Aged Care Act 1997 s 86-3 Documents to which secrecy provisions of enactments apply — Whether Information Commissioner can exercise discretion to disclose protected information Access refusal Affirmed
Parnell and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport [2011] AICmr 3 (11 April 2011) (AustLII link)

Parnell and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport [2011] AICmr 3 (11 April 2011) Printable version601.36 KB
ss 4(1), 24A(1) Official documents of a Minister — Whether personal references can be official documents of a Minister Refusal of access to documents — Whether reasonable steps taken to find a document Access refusal Set aside and substituted
Besser and Department of Infrastructure and Transport [2011] AICmr 2 (17 March 2011) (AustLII link)

Besser and Department of Infrastructure and Transport [2011] AICmr 2 (17 March 2011) Printable version585.18 KB
s 29(5)(b) Charges — Whether the giving of access to a document is in the general public interest or in the interest of a substantial section of the public Access refusal Set aside and substituted
Crowe and NBN Co Ltd [2011] AICmr 1 (25 January 2011) (AustLII link)

Crowe and NBN Co Ltd [2011] AICmr 1 (25 January 2011) Printable version194.84 KB
s 4(1) Whether respondent falls within definition of 'prescribed authority' Access refusal Affirmed