What is Freedom of Information (FOI)?

Under the Freedom of Information Act every person has a statutory right to:

  • access information held by public bodies
  • have official information relating to himself or herself amended when it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading
  • obtain reasons for decisions affecting them.

We grant access to the greatest extent possible taking into account the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.

Any individual may make a request for information under FOI. The Act provides that parents or guardians may apply for access to records on behalf of their children.