Official Information Acts (1982-1995) by Parliamentary Counsel
II: Requests for Access to Official Information
Refusal of requests
18. Refusal of requests---A request made in accordance with section 12
of this Act may be refused only for one or more of the following
(a) That, by virtue of section 6 or section 7 . . . or section 9 of
this Act, there is good reason for withholding the information:
(b) That, by virtue of section 10 of this Act, the Department or
Minister of the Crown or organisation does not confirm or deny
the existence or non-existence of the information requested:
(c) That the making available of the information requested would---
(i) Be contrary to the provisions of a specified enactment; or
(ii) Constitute contempt of Court or of [the House of
(d) That the information requested is or will soon be publicly
(e) That the document alleged to contain the information requested
does not exist or cannot be found:
(f) That the information requested cannot be made available without
substantial collation or research:
(g) That the information requested is not held by the Department or
Minister of the Crown or organisation and the person dealing
with the request has no grounds for believing that the
information is either---
(i) Held by another Department or Minister of the Crown or
organisation [or a local authority]; or
(ii) Connected more closely with the functions of another
Department or Minister of the Crown or organisation [or of a
(h) That the request is frivolous or vexatious or that the information
requested is trivial.
In para. (a) the expression ``or section 8 (1)'' was omitted by s.
4 (2) of the Official Information Amendment Act 1987.
In para. (c) (ii) the words ``the House of Representatives'' were
substituted for the word ``Parliament'' by s. 10 of that Act.
In para. (g) (i) and (ii) the words in square brackets were
inserted by s. 57 (1) of the Local Government Official Information
and Meetings Act 1987. See s. 1 (2) of that Act.