Chapter 4
Administrative decisions and review

Introduction

4.1This chapter considers how national security information might be used and protected in administrative decisions made by officials, and in challenges to those decisions. It is concerned with situations in which information relevant to the decision would normally be disclosed to the affected person but for the fact that the information is sensitive.

4.2We consider how national security information should be dealt with at the initial decision making stage, how the use of national security information should inform the review or appeal provisions available and what mechanisms could be established to facilitate an effective decision making process that upholds natural justice while protecting security information.