Public Interest Test
The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (“GIPA Act”) provides that there is a general public interest in favour of the disclosure of government information.
The Public Interest Test involves three steps:
- Identifying the relevant public interest considerations for disclosure
The GIPA Act allows UOW to take into account any public interest factor in favour of disclosure that it thinks is relevant.
- Identifying any relevant public interest considerations against disclosure
The GIPA Act provides a list of public interest consideration against disclosure. These are the only considerations against disclosure that UOW may consider in applying the public interest test.
- Assessing whether the public interest against disclosure outweighs the public interest in favour of disclosure
A decision must be made by a Right to Information Officer (RIO) after balancing any relevant factors for and against disclosure.