Official Information Act

The Official Information Act 1982 is designed to make government activities more open and transparent to the public. It has two very important roles:

  • to make official information more freely available to the public; and
  • it protects official information to the extent consistent with the public interest.

Corrections is committed to the principles of openness and public engagement and endeavours to make information available unless there is a good reason to withhold it. The OIA sets out a number of reasons for which information may be withheld. These reasons include preservation of personal privacy and protection of information which has been received in confidence. Where there is good reason for withholding it, information may still be released if there are overriding considerations which mean it is in the public interest to release particular information. More information about how the OIA operates can be found on the Office of the Ombudsman website.

Corrections receives a large number of requests for information under the Official Information Act (OIA).

Corrections Public Survey

Chief Ombudsman is conducting a self-initiated investigation into the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) policies and practices within our agency.

This is important work to ensure we provide the public with continuing trust and confidence in public sector agencies ability to operate effectively, as official information legislation is a cornerstone of New Zealand’s democracy.

The investigation aims to identify areas of good practice, and make suggestions for improvements if any are identified and, over time, help improve capability in OIA practices across the public sector.

You can help the Chief Ombudsman by completing a public survey. The public survey will remain open until 24 January 2020.

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