Can the application fee be waived?

Yes, in certain circumstances.  There are three situations where the fee might be waived, where:

  • you are impecunious/experiencing financial hardship;
  • you are a Member of Parliament acting in connection with your official duty; or
  • you are able to show that you intend to use the information for a purpose that is of general public interest or benefit.

You can find the request for a fee waiver on the application form from the relevant public authority.

We have published a guideline in relation to fee waiver - Guideline in relation to charges for information (PDF, 80.1 KB).