|Issue Date:||10/06/2003 |
Download: Guidelines for Dealing with Cabinet Documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1992
Guidelines for Dealing with Cabinet Documents Under the Freedom of Information Act 1992
Any Cabinet documents falling within the ambit of a Freedom of Information (FOI) application to an agency should be transferred to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet for processing in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (the Act) 1992 (WA).
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is custodian of the State's official Cabinet records. Original copies of finalised Cabinet documents are retained by DPC and copies are provided to the Minister responsible for submitting them to Cabinet.
Under the Act decisions relating to any application seeking access to documents, including Cabinet documents held by an agency, rest with that agency. However, sub-sections 15(2) and (7) permit an agency to partially or fully transfer an application to another agency, where the requested documents originated with or were received from that agency (other than an exempt agency) and are more closely related to its functions.
Where applications for Cabinet documents are transferred to DPC for processing, DPC will seek assistance from officers from relevant agencies having knowledge of the matter contained in those documents. If appropriate, DPC may request the relevant Minister to arrange for those with expert knowledge of the matter to assist in the Department's decision making process.
DR GEOFF GALLOP MLA
For enquiries contact:
FOI Coordinator 6552
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Other relevant Circular/s:
Circular/s replaced by this Circular:
Circular to Ministers 15/94