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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Reasonable search for documents sought under FOIA

No new ground in an FOI decision this week by the NSW ADT (Curtin v University of NSW (No.2) (2006) NSWADT 56) on what constitutes a reasonable search for documents. The Tribunal confirmed that the basic issues are whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that the requested documents exist and are documents of the agency, and that reasonable steps in the circumstances have been taken to locate them.

The Tribunal notes that in another case heard but not yet determined, an agency has raised an objection on jurisdictional grounds to the ADT conducting an inquiry into sufficiency of search.

In this case the parties accepted that the Tribunal had jurisdiction.

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