23 September 2021: OIA response | OIA response data for 1 January to 30 June 2021

23 September 2021

Dear [name and contact details withheld] 

Request for information 

Thank you for your request dated 10 September 2021 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to OIA response data. You requested: 

  • From 1 January to 30 June 2021, how many OIA requests did your agency receive?
  • From 1 January to 30 June 2021, what was the average OIA response time, in working days (including any extension time)?
  • From 1 January to 30 June 2021, what was the longest OIA response time, in working days (including any extension time)?
  • From 1 January to 30 June 2021, what percentage of OIAs required a time extension?
  • From 1 January to 30 June 2021, what percentage of OIAs were refused?
  • From 1 January to 30 June 2021, what percentage of OIAs were partially refused or redacted?

 The Public Service Commissioner collects OIA statistics every 6 months. These statistics are published to the Public Service Commission website(external link).

OIA requests between 1 January and 30 June 2021

Request

Pharmac response

Requests received

98

Requests completed*

79

Average time to decision for requests completed (response time)

16 working days

Longest time to decision for requests completed (response time)

37 working days

Percentage of completed requests that were extended

8.86% (7 of 79)

Percentage of completed requests that were refused

13.92% (11 of 79)

Percentage of completed requests that were partially refused or withheld/redacted

We do not record whether an OIA request is partially refused or withheld. Therefore, the information requested cannot be made available without substantial collation or research and this request is refused under section 18(f) of the OIA.

*Of the 98 OIA requests received between 1 January and 30 June 2021, 79 requests were due for response by 30 June 2021 and the remaining 19 requests were due for response after 30 June 2021. We responded to 79 requests by 30 June 2021 and all 98 OIA requests within the legislated timeframe (including any extensions). The number and percent of OIA requests we have completed within the legislated timeframe between 1 January to 30 June 2021 is reflected in the Public Service Commission’s OIA statistics.

Please note you have the right, by way of complaint under section 28(3) of the OIA to an Ombudsman, to seek an investigation and review of our decision.

We trust that this information answers your queries. We are making our information more freely available, so we now publish selected OIA responses (excluding personal details) on our website. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about this.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Read
Manager, Policy and Government Services