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How often do Public Bodies have to review their publication scheme?

Public Bodies are required to review and update their publication schemes every three years, and to review and update any materials published under their publication scheme at minimum annually.

In some circumstances FOI bodies may state ‘Not applicable’ (N/A) under one of the standard headings.

These circumstances arise where:

  • the public body does not hold the type of records concerned
  • the public body is only subject to FOI in part and the type of records listed in the scheme are exempt; or
  • the information is exempt under one of the FOI Act exemptions or is prohibited by some other statute, licence or regulatory decision

The Model Publication Scheme is available by clicking on the following link: