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Under the GIPA Act, the information collected as part of the ‘investigative, audit and reporting functions’ of the Audit Office is classified as ‘excluded information’. When information is classified as ‘excluded information’ it is conclusively presumed there is an overriding public interest against disclosing that information.
In practice, this means the Audit Office will not disclose to the public any information collected as part of its investigating, auditing or reporting functions outside of what is published in our Auditor-General's Reports to Parliament.
The exclusion is very important to the Audit Office as we are required by section 38 of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 to keep all matters relating to our audits confidential.
If another agency receives a GIPA request for information relating to our office, they are required to consult with us (section 54 and schedule 1 (6)(2) of the GIPA Act) to find out if we object to the release of the information. If the information requested is classed as excluded information, we would object to its release because of our obligations under the Public Finance and Audit Act.
Any application requesting access to such excluded information is an ‘invalid’ application under the GIPA Act. All invalid applications will be refused.
If you are unsure about whether the information you are seeking may be classed as excluded information, please contact:
Right to Information Officer
Audit Office of New South Wales
Level 15, 1 Margaret Street
Sydney NSW 2000
61 2 9275 7100