Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 No 52
57 Required period for deciding application
(1) An agency must decide an access application and give the applicant
notice of the agency’s decision within 20 working days (the decision period)
after the agency receives the application.
(2) The decision period can be extended by up to 10 working days for
either or both of the following reasons (with a maximum extension under this
subsection of 15 working days for any particular access application):
(a) consultation with another person is required under a provision of
(b) records are required to be retrieved from a records
Note. The decision period can only be extended to allow for mandatory
consultation, not just consultation that the agency chooses to
(3) The regulations can also provide for the extension (and further
extension) of the decision period.
(4) The decision period can also be extended (and further extended) by
agreement with the applicant.
Note. A decision by an agency to refuse to agree to extending the
decision period is not a reviewable decision.
(5) The agency must as soon as practicable after the decision period
is extended (and in any case within 5 working days after it is extended) give
the applicant notice of any extension of the decision period (including any
extension by agreement with the applicant), indicating the date on which the
extended decision period will end.
(6) An access application is considered to have been decided within time if the
agency decides the application and gives the applicant notice of the
agency’s decision within the decision period. The decision period is
also referred to in other provisions of this Act as the period within which an
application is required to be decided.