Government Information Public Access (GIPA)
The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW) on 1 July 2010.
It established a comprehensive system for public access to government information.
To promote open, accountable, fair and effective government in NSW, members of the public have the right to access government information. This right is restricted only where there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.
The public access to government information system is overseen by the Office of the Information Commissioner.
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The Authority publishes a large volume of material on this website and tries to release as much government information as possible, either through our website or in another appropriate way, free of charge or at the lowest reasonable cost.
Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, certain information is required by law to be available on our website, free of charge. This is called 'open access information' and includes:
- Accessing Information
- Information Guide
- Policy Documents
- Information Released
- Publication Guide
- Open access information not publicly available
- Disclosure Listing
- Register of Government Contracts
- GIPA Forms
In addition to the 'open access information', which the Authority is required by law to make available, the Authority proactively releases a large volume of other information.
Our Resource Centre contains a vast range of publicly available information including environmental reports, annual reports, policy documents, research papers and promotional material.
Some publications may only be available on the payment of a fee, and the Authority will advise you if that is the case.