Information relating to the Integrity Commission’s operational activities, including complaints and investigations, is generally exempt from the Right to Information Act 2009 (Tas).
However, under section 6 of the RTI Act, requests can be made for information 'relating to the administration' of the Commission.
The Tasmanian Ombudsman has noted that 'administration' is not defined in either the RtI Act or the Acts Interpretation Act 1931 and thus 'the rule is to give the word its ordinary meaning' (O1706-106). The Ombudsman considered the High Court case of Kline v Official Secretary to the Governor General (2013) HCA 52, and in applying the term to the workplace of a court, concluded that,
'administration' is the support structure that allows the Court and its officers to undertake its substantive operational duties. This reasonably will include human resources management, financial management, security, cleaning and hygiene services, customer services, and purchasing and procurement of sundry items to name a few.
We aim to be as transparent as possible about our work and publish as much information as we can, in the public interest. What you seek may already be available in:
- updates on operational matters, including assessments and investigations
- our annual reports
- investigation reports tabled in Parliament
- our research activities and reports
- fact sheets and other misconduct prevention resources
If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, contact us and we may be able to help.
You can make an application for an assessed disclosure using our Right to Information application form (PDF, 168.3 KB).
The fee for submitting an RTI application is currently $42.50, in accordance with the RTI Act. The fee can be waived in some circumstances, such as if you are a Health Care Card holder or can demonstrate the information is of public benefit.
If we deny your application, you may be able to seek a review of our decision by Ombudsman Tasmania.
Application forms can be emailed to RTI Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to GPO Box 822, Hobart TAS 7001.