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About GIPA

On 1 July 2010 new right to information legislation came into effect, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act), replacing the former freedom of information law.

The object of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) is to open government information to the public to maintain and advance a system of responsible and representative democratic government.

The GIPA Act places various obligations on agencies within NSW in respect of their publication and release of the information that they create and hold. The GIPA Act also provides rights for persons to apply for access to government information.

The GIPA Act:

  • creates new rights to information that are designed to meet community expectations of more open and transparent government
  • encourages government agencies to proactively release government information.

You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW government information on the Information & Privacy Commission website at www.ipc.nsw.gov.au.

This page was last updated on: 19 January 2017