Official Information Act
The Official Information Act 1982 is designed to make government activities more open and transparent to the public. It has the following very important roles:
- to make official information more freely available to the public and provide for proper access by each person to official information relating to that person;
- to protect official information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the preservation of personal privacy; and
- to establish procedures for the achievement of those purposes
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). Please note that Corrections may proactively publish OIA responses on our website in line with our Official Information Policy. Typically, responses are published quarterly, or as otherwise determined. A requestors personal information including name and contact details will be removed for publication.
Visit the Ministry of Justice website for Directory of Official Information.
This policy describes how the Department of Corrections will ensure it meets the spirit of the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) and complies with initiatives to increase the availability of official information to the people of New Zealand.
We hold a wide range of official information relating to our functions.
Under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) you can ask for the information we hold.
Read Corrections information released under the Official Information Act.
Corrections Official Information Act data provided to the Chief Ombudsman. This information is reported here on a quarterly basis.
Use our online form if you have an issue with any aspect of our work.
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