Freedom of Information Request

FOI Requests & Rejects

Received: 10 March 2023

I want to analyze why some FOI requests were rejected, and why the data processing of some requests would exceed the 'cost limit'(under s.12 of the Freedom of Information Act (2000).
Firstly, I want to ask some questions about your information storage system.
1. What is the electronic systems do you use to store operational data such as excel, email and SQL?
2. Whether the query can be completed by searching keywords in the interactive interface, or need to use the database for the query. If there are restrictions on this, please provide them.
3. What is the educational background (qualifications) of the staff members handling FOI requests - including those who make estimates under s.12 - and can they search the database using a programming language(eg. SQL)? We are not interested in the names of the staff members, merely their qualifications.

I also want to know the common reasons that you may reject requests under s.12.
1. In the past 5 years, how many requests have been denied under s.12.
2. For those requests in (1), can you provide a list of any recorded reasons that you rejected the request? (i.e. the detail of the 'estimate' you relied upon under s.12)
3. For those requests in (1), could you please provide us with your search process (or proposed search process) for documents required for these rejected request cases?

Outcome / Documents

  • 9374412 List of S12 exemptions applied in last 5 years - application/ - Download
  • FOI Templates s12 Time Limit - application/pdf - Download
  • Information Management Officer x2 - FINAL - application/pdf - Download
  • Information Support Officer - FINAL - application/pdf - Download
  • Response (some exempt) - application/pdf - Download