The absolute exemptions are set out in Part 3 of FOIA.
Information is absolutely exempt from the right of access if it is one of the following types of information:
- Information accessible to applicant by other means
- Court information
- Parliamentary privilege and business
- Communications with the Crown (expressly the Queen, heir to the Throne and second in line, and the Lieutenant Governor)
- Information under international agreements about exchange of information
- Certain types of personal information
- Information provided to the public authority in confidence
- Information the disclosure of which is restricted by law
When responding to a request the public authority is required to give consideration to the possibility of removing exempt information while disclosing all non-exempt information.
Guidance on the exemptions may be revised over time.
- Section 20 Information available by other means Absolute Exemption
- Section 21Court Information Absolute Exemption
- Section 22 Parliamentary Privilege Absolute Exemption
- Section 23 Communications with the Crown Absolute Exemption
- Section 24 International Agreements Absolute Exemption
- Section 25 Personal Data Absolute Exemption
- Section 26 Information provided in confidence Absolute Exemption
- Section 27 Disclosure restricted by law Absolute Exemption