Publishing blank pages on disclosure logs
In some cases, deleting information under section 78B will result in no text remaining on a document. Similarly, blank pages may exist due to redaction through the decision-making process, for example, where a page contains irrelevant information or access to the document was refused. There is no public benefit in publishing documents containing only blank pages, or only deletions, particularly as their publication impacts on the capacity of the web to publish other, more useful material. On this basis, departments and Ministers are not expected to publish blank pages on disclosure logs. Where pages are blank as a result of decision-making processes, these pages are not included on the disclosure log.
Reasons for not publishing documents
Where the released documents are not attached to the relevant entry (from 3 January 2014), the following information will help you identify the department’s reason for not including the documents:
(a) No documents released, or pages would be blank after the removal of personal information.
Publication Scheme Coordinator