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Activity 6 Evidence to the AAT and the Australian Information Commissioner
ABOUT EVIDENCE TO THE AAT AND THE AUSTRALIAN INFORMATION COMMISSIONER
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) provides a number of exemptions to the requirement for government agencies to provide documents. One of the exemptions applies to documents affecting national security, defence or international relations. Before deciding that a document is not exempt under this provision, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and the Information Commissioner are required to seek evidence from the Inspector-General. There are equivalent provisions in the Archives Act 1983 for the AAT. The Inspector-General is not required to give evidence if, in the Inspector-General's opinion, she is not appropriately qualified to do so.
Providing evidence to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Information Commissioner as required under relevant legislation.
Performance criteria: timeliness of evidence provided to the AAT and the Information Commissioner, when requested.
Target: evidence provided by the date requested or agreed.
Source: IGIS Corporate Plan 2017-2021, p. 6.
There were no quantitative performance measures identified in the IGIS Corporate Plan 2017-21 that were directly applicable to the evidence we provided to the AAT and the Information Commissioner.
During the reporting period the Inspector-General provided written evidence on one aspect of one matter to the Information Commissioner, but did not provide oral evidence to the AAT.
The volume of cases referred to the Inspector-General by the Information Commissioner and the AAT is similar to previous reporting periods.