Official Information Act 1982

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Version as at 1 September 2022

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Official Information Act 1982

Public Act
1982 No 156
Date of assent
17 December 1982
see section 1

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


1Short Title and commencement
3Act to bind the Crown
5Principle of availability
6Conclusive reasons for withholding official information
7Special reasons for withholding official information related to the Cook Islands, Tokelau, or Niue, or the Ross Dependency
8Special reasons for withholding official information related to competitive commercial activities [Repealed]
9Other reasons for withholding official information
10Information concerning existence of certain information
11Exclusion of public interest immunity
14Transfer of requests
15Decisions on requests
15AExtension of time limits
17Deletion of information from documents
18Refusal of requests
18ARequests involving substantial collation or research
18BDuty to consider consulting person if request likely to be refused under section 18(e) or (f)
19Reason for refusal to be given
20Publication setting out functions of public service agencies and organisations
21Right of access to certain official information
22Right of access to internal rules affecting decisions
23Right of access by person to reasons for decisions affecting that person
24Right of access to personal information
24ARestriction where person sentenced to imprisonment [Repealed]
26Correction of information
27Reasons for refusal of requests for personal information
28Functions of Ombudsmen
29Application of Ombudsmen Act 1975
29ARequirements of Ombudsman to be complied with within certain period
29BConsultation with Privacy Commissioner
30Procedure after investigation
31Disclosure of certain information not to be recommended
32Recommendations made to public service agency or Minister of the Crown or organisation
32ARequirements in relation to Order in Council
32BRight of review
33Complainant to be informed of result of investigation
34Restriction on application for review
35Application of Ombudsmen Act 1975
36Saving in respect of Ombudsmen Act 1975
37Establishment of Information Authority [Expired]
38Functions and powers of Authority [Expired]
39Functions in respect of personal information [Expired]
40Membership of Authority [Expired]
41Term of office of members of Authority [Expired]
42Regulations providing for access to information [Expired]
43Provision for disallowance of regulations providing for access to information [Expired]
44Annual report [Expired]
45Offences [Expired]
46Assistance of Ministry of Justice
48Protection against certain actions
49Power to amend Schedule 1 by Order in Council
50Consequential amendments to other enactments
53Expiration of provisions relating to Information Authority

An Act to make official information more freely available, to provide for proper access by each person to official information relating to that person, to protect official information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the preservation of personal privacy, to establish procedures for the achievement of those purposes, and to repeal the Official Secrets Act 1951