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The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009

In the interests of creating a more open and accountable society, the NSW Government established an Act known as the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) to encourage proactive release of information by government agencies. The GIPA Act came into force on 1 July 2010. It replaced and broadened the scope of the previous Act (the Freedom of Information Act 1989). The GIPA Act  broadens public access to government information by:

  • authorising and encouraging the proactive public release of government information by agencies, and
  • giving members of the public an enforceable right to access government information, and
  • providing that access to government information is restricted only where there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

The GIPA Act requires government agencies to make certain information easily available to the public without requiring a specific application for such information to be made. This is known as open access information and includes:

  • information about who an agency is, what it does and the information it holds (known as its publication guide).
  • information about the agency which has been tabled in Parliament.
  • an agency's policy documents.
  • a log of all of the information released in response to applications (known as a disclosure log) and information about any contracts valued at over $150,000.

Agencies are also required to provide an explanation if they do not make any of the information listed above publicly available.

What information is available from the Office of the Inspector of the ICAC?

The Office of the Inspector of the ICAC provides information about who we are, what we do and our general policies and procedures.  Please click on the link Publication Guide to access this information.

If there is information that you wish to obtain regarding any administrative, human resource or general policy matters which is not contained in the Publication Guide you can make an access application to the Office by putting your request in writing.  Please address your request to the Inspector of the ICAC. The contact details for the Inspector are provided on this website.

If you wish to make such an application we encourage you in the first instance to ring the Executive Officer and discuss your information needs on 02 8374 5381. Wherever possible the Inspector's approach is to provide publicly accessible information without a formal application being made for such information without an application fee being incurred.  

Obtaining information from the Office of the Inspector of the ICAC

There are four ways in which information held by the Office of the Inspector is available:

  1. Mandatory release: You can search our website for policy documents, our current information guide and our disclosure log.
  2. Proactive release: You can ask us what information can be made available to the public free of charge or at the lowest reasonable cost.
  3. Informal request: You can ask for specific information. We will release information without the need for a formal application where we can reasonably do so.
  4. Formal application: A valid formal request for information must :
    1. be in writing requesting the information to which you see access.
    2. state it is a request under the GIPA Act.
    3. provide a postal address for return correspondence.
    4. provide enough details about what information you are seeking to help us to identify the information you want and
    5. enclose the application fee of $30.  Please make out the cheque/payment to Department of Premier & Cabinet.

What information is not available from the Office of the Inspector of the ICAC?

The Inspector is exempt from the GIPA Act in not having to provide information relevant to his statutory functions. The Inspector will therefore not provide any information concerning individual details of complaints, investigations, audits and reporting functions which have not already been made publicly available by way of a report or in another publication. The Inspector will also not provide information concerning the ICAC’s complaints, investigations and reporting role which also have not already been made publicly available.

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