Freedom of Information Act & the HFA

Access to information

The following records come within the scope of the FOI Act:

  • all records relating to personal information held by the HFA irrespective of when they were created
  • any records necessary to the understanding of a current record even if created prior to 21 April 1998
  • all other records created from the commencement of the FOI Act (21 April, 1998)

Any official information falling into these categories sought under the Act. However, in order to allow Government business to be properly conducted, it will sometimes be necessary to exempt certain types of information. Among the key exemptions are records relating to:

  • Government meetings;
  • law enforcement and security;
  • confidential and commercially sensitive information;
  • personal information (other than information relating to the person making the request);