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Open Access Information

As of 1 July 2010, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) replaces the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (FOI).

This new legislation is different to the old FOI legislation as it encourages the proactive release of government information on agency websites unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure, for example, someone’s personal details.

To read more about the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) refer to the Useful Links below.

What is Open Access Information?

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 aims to maintain and advance a system of responsible and proactive release of government information by using agency websites.

Open access information includes a range of information held by agencies, for example:

How do I find information?

Firstly you could have a look on our website to see if the information is already available. As Aboriginal Affairs is an agency of Office of Communities you should also visit http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-us/information-access for additional information.

If you cannot find the information you want, contact the Right to Information Officer:

Right to Information Officer

Information Access Unit
NSW Education and Communities
Level 7, 35 Bridge St
SYDNEY NSW 2000
T 02 9561 8100
F 02 9561 1157
E iaunit@det.nsw.edu.au

In some cases, there is an overriding public interest against disclosing certain information, for example, personal details, commercial-in-confidence information and information that could jeopardise public safety or law enforcement. See the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 for a full list of information that cannot be disclosed.

If you wish to lodge a formal application, download an application form (PDF).