Information Access Fact Sheets and other guidance


NEW Tips for framing your information access application
This checklist includes key information that is often overlooked by applicants and can potentially cause their application to be rejected specifically due to an unreasonable and substantial diversion of resources for the agency.

Fact Sheets

NEW Applying for Government Recruitment Information
This fact sheet is designed to assist candidates in seeking access to information under the GIPA Act following their participation in a recruitment process with a NSW government agency.

NEW Changes to GIPA Act for Citizens November 2018
This fact sheet has been developed to inform citizens of the impact of the GIPA Act amendments that came into effect on 28 November 2018, to their GIPA applications.

Your right to access government information in NSW (Translations available)
In NSW, you have a legal right to access most government information under the GIPA Act.

How to access your personal information from government agencies
You can ask for your personal information from a public sector agency using either the PPIP Act or the GIPA Act.

Frequently asked questions: informal release of information
This fact sheet is designed to address issues or questions you may have when considering asking for information from an agency informally or when an agency offers to release information informally.

Open access information for citizens
A guide to open access information that agencies must make available.

GIPA Act fees and charges
Fees and charges for formal applications for information.

Complaints about the actions of agencies
The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide guidance about the lodging of complaints to the Information Commissioner regarding the conduct of agencies under the Government Information (Information Commissioner) Act 2009 NSW (GIIC Act).

UPDATED Your review rights under the GIPA Act
Your rights to request a review of a decision made by a government agency.

Internal reviews under the GIPA Act
If you disagree with an agency decision about an access application, you may be able to apply to the agency for an internal review of that decision.

UPDATED External review by the Information Commissioner
How to apply for an external review with the NSW Information Commissioner.

Timeframes and extensions for deciding access applications under the GIPA Act 
This fact sheet is intended to assist applicants and agencies in understanding the requirements of section 57 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). It provides guidance on the timeframes for deciding access applications, including circumstances in which extensions may be required or sought, and other special conditions that may extend the decision making period. 

Third party consultation
For individuals or organisations to explain why they are being consulted by a government agency and the rights under the GIPA Act.

UPDATED Role of Right to Information Officers
Right to Information Officers are government agency staff who have been specific authority to meet the day to day obligations under the GIPA Act.

Monitoring compliance with the GIPA Act
Monitoring compliance of agencies under GIPA Act

UPDATED How to make a complaint about us
How you can make a complaint about us.

Legal professional privilege
Understanding the test that agencies should apply when relying on this clause to refuse access to information applied for under the GIPA Act.

Restraint orders under the GIPA Act
An agency, the Minister or the Information Commissioner may apply to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for an order to restrain a person from making unmeritorious access applications.

UPDATED Offences under the GIPA Act
The purpose of this fact sheet is to raise awareness of Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) rights and responsibilities, highlight the offence provisions and the circumstances and evidence that may enliven consideration of these offence provisions, and inform members of the public and agencies of the IPC’s role and procedures in dealing with allegations that offences under the GIPA Act have been committed.

Agency Information Guides and the public 
Provides information for members of the NSW public about what an AIG is, where an agency’s AIG can be found, and how to make a complaint about an AIG.

Guide for applicants when an Agency has initiated a decision that an access application may involve an unreasonable and substantial diversion of resources
This fact sheet is designed to assist citizens where an agency has advised that the scope of the access application is too broad under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).

Applying for complaints information 
This fact sheet is designed to assist citizens in seeking access to complaints information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).

Applying for workplace investigation information
This fact sheet is designed to assist citizens in seeking access to workplace investigation information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).

Applicant’s guide to section 121 of the GIPA Act 
This fact sheet provides information to applicants seeking information that may be held by a non-government organisation (NGO) providing services on behalf of a government agency to assist applicants to understand how section 121 of the GIPA Act affects them.



Advancing the objects of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW): an international comparative evaluation of measures used to promote government information release 
The report, commissioned through the University of Technology, Sydney provides an insight into the types of practical mechanisms utilised in selected international jurisdictions to promote open government through information sharing and citizen engagement.

Conditions Enabling Open Data and Promoting a Data Sharing Culture 2017 
This UNSW Law Report was commissioned by the NSW Information Commissioner and NSW Open Data Advocate to provide contemporary insights to support the promotion of Open Government and Open Data. To do so the Report analysed legislation, policy, regulatory settings, roles and responsibilities for leadership, culture and operations in leading jurisdictions as identified in the Open Data Barometer Report.