Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 No 52
Division 2 Agency information guides
20 Agencies must have agency information guide
(1) An agency (other than a Minister) must have a guide (its agency information guide) that:(a) describes the structure and functions of the agency, and(b) describes the ways in which the functions (including, in particular, the decision-making functions) of the agency affect members of the public, and(c) specifies any arrangements that exist to enable members of the public to participate in the formulation of the agency’s policy and the exercise of the agency’s functions, and(d) identifies the various kinds of government information held by the agency, and(e) identifies the kinds of government information held by the agency that the agency makes (or will make) publicly available, and(f) specifies the manner in which the agency makes (or will make) government information publicly available, and(g) identifies the kinds of information that are (or will be) made publicly available free of charge and those kinds for which a charge is (or will be) imposed.(2) An agency must make government information publicly available as provided by its agency information guide.(3) The Director-General of the Department of Local Government may, in consultation with the Information Commissioner, adopt mandatory provisions for inclusion in the agency information guide of local authorities. The agency information guide of a local authority must include any such mandatory provision unless the Director-General otherwise approves in a particular case.
21 Adoption and review of agency information guide
An agency must adopt its first agency information guide within 6 months after the commencement of this section and must review its agency information guide and adopt a new agency information guide at intervals of not more than 12 months. An agency may update and amend its agency information guide at any time.
22 Role of Information Commissioner
(1) An agency must notify the Information Commissioner before adopting or amending an agency information guide and must, if requested to do so by the Information Commissioner, consult with the Information Commissioner on the proposed agency information guide or amendment.(2) The Information Commissioner can issue guidelines and model agency information guides for the assistance of agencies in connection with agency information guides.