FOI Acts information and policy

Office of the Information Commissioner

The role of the Information Commissioner is to review, on application, decisions made under Freedom of Information Act (FOI) and, where necessary, to make new decisions that are binding. The Information Commissioner also assesses the operation of the Act and publishes reviews of its practical application. This site includes speeches and publications relating to FOI and an index to decisions by name, date, case number and relevant section of the Act.

FOI Central Policy Unit, Department of Finance

The Department of Finance has legislative responsibility for implementing FOI. The Unit in the department with administrative responsibility for FOI is the Central Policy Unit. This site includes Central Policy Unit notices, which are guidelines and clarifications issued in response to issues that have arisen since the Act was first implemented in 1998, press releases about FOI, and a list of government departments and bodies covered by the Act.