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Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) came into force on 1 July 2010. It replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989. The object of the GIPA Act is to provide open government information to the public 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 Policy for the Office of the Inspector of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (OIICAC) provides information about the Office's responsibilities and procedures for complying with the GIPA Act.

OIICAC’s Agency Information Guide provides information to the public about its structure and legislative functions.

OIICAC’s Access Application Form must be completed for applicants requesting information that is held by OIICAC but is not available on its website. Applicants should however, be aware that under the GIPA Act, OIICAC is exempt from having to provide information relating to the Inspector’s statutory functions. This means an open access application cannot be made in respect of OIICAC’s complaint handling, investigative, auditing and reporting functions.  Further information about the exemption can be found in the OIICAC GIPA Policy (see above).

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