$30 application fee? Processing fee? Puh-lease. Information was born to be free.
The bits I like:
Remission of fees can be sought having regard to, amongst other factors, financial hardship or public interest.
What FOI decisions can I appeal against?
- Decisions not letting you see what you want, when you want it, or in the form you want it.
- Decisions relating to remission of an application fee.
- Decisions imposing a charge to see what you want.
- Decisions in respect of the amount of the charge imposed upon you.
- Decisions refusing to change or annotate documents about you which you think are incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading.
- Decisions letting others see documents which you say would unreasonably disclose:
- your personal information;
- your lawful business or professional affairs;
- lawful business, commercial or financial affairs of your firm.
- Decisions to give you access to documents about your physical or mental health through a qualified person and not directly to you.
The bits I don't:
- There is an application fee of $30 for FOI requests.
- There is a separate application fee of $40 for internal review of a decision.
The charge for locating documents is $15 per hour.
- The charge for agencies' decision-making and consultation time is $20 per hour.
- There are charges in relation to the provision of access (eg: 10c per photocopy, $6.25 per half hour supervised inspection and special rates for special services such as tape transcription or computer output).
- Requests for personal information may incur a maximum charge of two hours for locating documents and a further two hours for decision making time.
- However, full rates for the provision of access apply.
So, we have to find things that are Sodding Interesting to the General Public. Then ask for them in RDF [AGLS in government speak]. Exposed to the web. Free of charge.