In 2010 the NSW Government replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW) with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW).
A comprehensive system was created for public access to government information.
This promoted 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.
We publish a large volume of material on our websites and try 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:
In addition to the 'open access information', which we are required by law to make available, we proactively release 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 we will advise you if that is the case.