Information not publicly available

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 requires all agencies to make available, free of charge on their websites, their 'open access information'.

However, there is an overriding obligation under the Act not to publish any specific 'open access information' if there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of that particular information.

Whenever the department decides that particular 'open access information' should not be publicly available, a record of the decision is made and listed below.

Compliance and regulatory matters

There is considered to be an overriding public interest against disclosing policy documents concerning some compliance and regulatory guidelines, functions and activities. A redacted version may be available where sensitive information can be excluded without compromising the integrity or understanding of the document.

Sensitive information may, for example, be thresholds for escalation of sanctions from warning to infringement notice or court appearance. If this information was disclosed it may lead to multiple consecutive offences by the same offender at levels just under the designated threshold. Similarly, information on inspection planning activities may allow offenders to avoid detection.