The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) provides a simple pathway to access government information from NSW public sector agencies including personal information. This can be done via the access application pathway (Section 9) unless there is a public interest consideration against disclosure of any of the government information as described in Schedule 1 of the GIPA Act (Section 14(1)).
The Information Commissioner must consult with the Privacy Commissioner before making a recommendation regarding a public interest against disclosure that concerns a privacy related public interest consideration (Section 94(2)).
Please note the Information Commissioner’s Report on the operation of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 2013 – 2014 has identified the interconnectedness between information and privacy rights under the GIPA Act. For example, approximately 65% of information access applications involve consideration of personal information. The legislation establishes a mechanism to consult prior to releasing personal information as mentioned above. Please note that none of the reviews conducted by the IPC in 2013 – 2014 have required this consultation.