GIPA - the right to information
To promote open, accountable, fair and effective government in NSW, you have a right to access government information.
This right is restricted only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosing the particular information.
To access information held by us
In the first instance look for information on this website, or make an informal request at your local office.
If you need further information or have trouble accessing what you are looking for, you can contact our Right to Information Officer:
Shannon Morrison - Complaints, GIPA and PPIPA information
M: 0409 529 384
Further information on this process can be found here. [link to How can I access information]
The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW) on 1 July, 2010. It is otherwise known as GIPA.
The aim of GIPA is to:
- make government information more accessible to the public by making certain information freely available.
- encourage government agencies to release as much other information as possible.
- give the public rights to make access applications for government information.
- restrict access to information only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.
GIPA is a system for public access to government information which is overseen by the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner's roles include:
- promoting public awareness and understanding of the Act
- providing information, advice, assistance and training to agencies and the public
- dealing with complaints about government agencies
- investigating agencies' systems, policies and practices
- reporting on compliance with the Act to the Minister responsible.
The Act complements other regimes by which the public can access information held by government. It does not detract from any other rights of access to information that exist under other legislation or policies. Other legislation that may be particularly relevant includes:
- The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998, which allows individuals to obtain access to, and to apply for amendment of, information held about them by NSW Government agencies (more details see the website of the NSW Privacy Commissioner).
- The Court Information Act 2010, which provides for public access to information held by Courts about judicial proceedings (for more details see the Lawlink website).