FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
REQUESTS — CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
824. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the Leader of the House
representing the Premier:
(1) With regard
to freedom of information requests, in what general instances do agencies
determine that information should remain classified and not be released to an
(2) Who makes the decision on the
information that is to remain classified?
(3) Of the 43 per
cent of FOI applications that receive edited information, what percentage of
applicants are satisfied with the level of information provided?
(4) I note the
$30 application fee charged to obtain information under FOI. How much revenue
did this equate to in the last financial year?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
Department of the Premier and Cabinet treats each FOI application on its
merits. Any exemption is strictly based on the applicable exemptions as
outlined in the glossary, schedule 1 to the Freedom of Information Act 1992.
There are 15 listed exemptions, and I seek leave to have these incorporated
The following material was incorporated —
and Executive Council, deliberations etc. of
relations, matter that could damage etc.
secrets, commercial and business information
given to Treasurer etc. under Bank of Western Australia Act 1995.
enforcement, public safety and property security, matter prejudicial etc. to.
processes of Government etc., matter revealing
professional privilege, matter subject to
economy, matter adversely affecting management of etc.
financial or property affairs, matter adversely affecting etc.
operation of agencies, matter impairing etc.
of Parliament or court, matter that would be
or artificial conception information
protected by certain statutory provisions
15. Precious metal transactions, information as to
(2) Section 100
of the FOI act clearly outlines who can make decisions regarding information
that is to remain exempt. It states —
100. Who in agency makes its decisions
(1) Decisions made under this Act by an agency are
to be made by —
(a) the principal officer of the agency; or
(b) an officer of the agency directed by the
principal officer for that purpose, either generally or in a particular case.
(2) Subsection (1)(b) does not apply if the
agency is a Minister.
(3) As was the case in the previous
government, this information is not recorded.
information will be publicly available in the Information Commissioner's
2017–18 annual report, under agency statistics.