A disclosure log makes information given to applicants under the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) available to the public. However, if documents contain the applicant’s personal information, they are not published.
Information will be deleted from the document if:
- publication is prevented by law
- it may be defamatory
- it would unreasonably invade an individual's privacy or cause substantial harm to an entity
- it is communicated in confidence or protected from disclosure under a contract.
In some cases, blank pages may exist due to redaction through the decision-making process, or deleting information under section 78B of the RTI Act will result in no text remaining on a document. Please note that blank pages will not be published to the disclosure log.
The Legal Services Commission falls under ‘Other Agencies’ pursuant to section 78A of the RTI Act which states:
(1) If an agency makes a decision in relation to an access application to give access to a document that does not contain personal information of the applicant and the applicant accesses the document within the access period—
- (a) a copy of the document may be included in a disclosure log, if this is reasonably practicable; or
- (b) otherwise—details identifying the document and information about the way in which the document may be accessed may be included in a disclosure log.
Therefore our disclosure log will not detail the applications we receive, only those decisions that fall within 78A and are compliant with 78B of the RTI Act.