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Issue: March 2022
Access the decision: Else v Ministry of Health  NSWCATAD 381.
The applicant sought access under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) for documents relating to hotel quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tribunal held that: an 'Operating Procedure' document directed towards complex assessments involving serious public health issues, the redacted portions of which revealed the deliberative framework for the assessment of applications for exemption from hotel quarantine, could reasonably be expected to prejudice ongoing deliberative processes and the public interest consideration against disclosure should be given significant weight; and the significant amount of time and diversion of resources during the COVID-19 pandemic required to deal with documents relating to hotel quarantine exemptions outweighed the public interest in favour of disclosure.
Access the decision: Snape v Commissioner of Police  NSWCATAP 63
If an agency inadvertently discloses information when responding to one access application under the GIPA Act, that disclosure may be 'relevant factual information' under s. 63(1)(a) of the Administrative Decisions Review Act 1987 for a Tribunal conducting administrative review of a separate decision.
Access the decision: Arraf v NSW Crime Commission  NSWCATAD 81.
The applicant sought information about actions taken by the NSW Crime Commission to effect the seizure and forfeiture of assets of an alleged ISIL fighter.
The Tribunal held that: information held by the NSW Crime Commission about the conduct of proceedings under the Criminal Assets Recovery Act 1990, and the subsequent vesting of property in the Crown, will constitute 'excluded information' under s. 43(2) of the GIPA Act; and provisions relating to 'excluded information' held by the Commission should not be read down by reference to international law.
Access the decision: Wojciechowska v Commissioner of Police  NSWCATAD 70,
The applicant, a resident of Tasmania, who sought review in the Tribunal of a decision of the respondent under the GIPA Act, argued that her proceeding required the exercise of judicial power with respect to a matter 'between a State and a resident of another State' within the meaning of s. 75(iv) of the Constitution and, by reason of the constitutional implication in Burns v Corbett, the Tribunal was not able to determine the review application.
The Tribunal formed an opinion that it does not exercise judicial power in reviewing decisions under the GIPA Act but, rather, that its functions are administrative.
16 Nov 2022
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