Access to Information
New access to information laws
From 1 July 2010, the new Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (“GIPA Act”) replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW).
Objects of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009
The object of the GIPA Act is to open government information to the public by:
- authorising and encouraging the proactive release of government information by agencies;
- giving members of the public an enforceable right to access government information; and
- providing access to government information unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.
The Information and Privacy Commission NSW
The Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) has been established as part of the new right to information system and is being led by an Information Commissioner and a Privacy Commissioner. The role of the Information Commissioner is to promote public awareness and understanding of the new right to information law, and provide information, support, advice, assistance and training to agencies and the general public. The IPC also has the power to review decisions made by government agencies and to deal with complaints.
UOW's commitment to the GIPA Act
UOW's Access to Information Policy demonstrates our commitment to the object of the Act, to open government information to the public.
Accessing UOW Information
The GIPA Act establishes four ways to access government information:
- Mandatory Disclosure: obligatory publication of certain information on UOW’s website, free of charge.
- Proactive Release: release of information, in an appropriate manner and at the lowest reasonable cost.
- Informal Release: release of information in response to a person’s informal request.
- Formal Access: release of information in response to a formal access application.