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Annual Report 2005-06: Administrative Appeals Tribunal review of freedom of information decisions

Administrative Appeals Tribunal review of freedom of information decisions

There were two applications to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of CASA decisions under the Freedom of Information Act in 2005–06.

One was in relation to the imposition of charges. The tribunal set aside CASA’s decision in part, so that the charges payable were reduced.

The other was in relation to deemed refusal to provide access. The tribunal set aside CASA’s decision on the basis that we had failed to make a decision within 28 days.

Table 9 – Freedom of information requests, 2001–02 to 2005–06
  2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Matters with CASA
Requests on hand from
the previous year
5 5 5 10 10
New requests received 90 53 62 76 51
Total 95 58 67 86 61
Matters decided
Access granted in full 45 24 37 34 40
Access granted in part 13 8 5 23 8
Access refused a 22 14 12 11 5
Subtotal 80 46 54 68 53
Status of other matters
Requests withdrawn
by applicant
8 6 2 8 5
Requested transferred
in whole to another agency
2 1 1 0 0
Requests remaining
on hand at 30 June
5 5 10 10 3
Subtotal 15 12 13 18 8
Total 95 58 67 86 61

a Includes matters where the reason for refusal was that the document or documents did not exist.

Table 10 – Time taken to make decisions on freedom of information matters, 2001–02 to 2005–06
  2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
  No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
0–30 days 73 91 43 93 50 93 55 81 50 94
31–60 days 7 9 3 7 3 5 13 19 2 4
61–90 days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
More than 90 days 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Total 80 100 46 100 54 100 68 100 53 100