A public authority may refuse to supply some, or all, of the information you have requested because it is qualified exempt information.
This means that the information must be of the type referred to by the exemption and the public authority must consider whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
In some exemptions, the public authority is expected to determine that prejudice or harm would, or would be likely to occur if the information was disclosed, before considering the public interest.
The qualified exemptions are:
- National security and defence
- International relations
- Economy and commercial interests
- Investigations and legal proceedings
- Law enforcement
- Audit functions
- Formulation of policy
- Conduct of public business
- Health and safety
- Research and natural resources
- Qualified exempt communications with the Crown
- Qualified exempt personal information
- Legal professional privilege
- Information for future publication
Full guidance on all the qualified exemptions is available in the document library.
The public authority must issue a refusal notice to you if it is applying an exemption to all, or part, or the information you have requested.