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Guidance and resources

You can view and download our guidance and fact sheets by following the links below.

Proactive and Informal release
Guide to consultation and notification
Guide to timeframes and extensions of time
Overview of the key changes made to the FOI Act – September 2017
Guide to section 25A(1) – Substantial and unreasonable requests
Guide to section 25A(5) – Requests for documents that are obviously exempt
Guide to section 30 – Internal working documents
Guide to section 33 – Personal affairs information
Review of freedom of information decisions – Guide for agencies
The freedom of information review process – Guide for applicants
Writing FOI access decisions – How to draft full and complete decision letters
Top tips for senior managers – Seven ways you can support FOI principles
Fees and charges – Guide to calculating costs in FOI requests
Publication of Notice of Decision – presentation for agencies
Secrecy provisions table


Resources used in our Information Access Series are published below.

Seminar 1 – Interpreting and using sections 25A(1)and (5) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982
Seminar 2 – Preparing decision letters in FOI 
Seminar 3 – Secrecy and Confidentiality in a Time of Openness
Seminar 4 – Working with OVIC, consultation and notification under the FOI Act
Seminar 5 – Assisting and engaging with FOI applicants under section 17 of the FOI Act and Update on the publication of OVIC notices of decision
Seminar 6 – Working with OVIC, demystifying our processes and procedures

Seminar 7 – Working with OVIC, making a fresh decision under the FOI Act; and the purpose, scope and operation of Section 39

Seminar 8- Sections 34(1) and 34(4) of the FOI Act

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