Introduction of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009
On 1 July, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) will replace the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW), introducing a new right to information system for people seeking information from Government departments.
The new system is focussed on making government information more readily available.
The Motor Accidents Authority, as part of the Safety, Return to Work and Support Division (SRWSD), along with all other government departments, government Ministers and their personal staff, public authorities and offices, local councils and courts will have to release information as set out in the legislation.
The SRWSD group sits within the Treasury portfolio. Other agencies in the SRWSD group are: the Dust Diseases Board, Lifetime Care & Support Authority and WorkCover NSW.
Julie Newman PSM, Chief Executive Officer of the Authority is also CEO of SRWSD.
All SRWSD agencies report to the Minister for Finance and Services.
Under the new Government information laws, there are four ways in which SRWSD agency information will be available.
- Mandatory release: Certain information will be disclosed on an agency’s website, free of charge. This includes the agency's policy documents, current publication guide, disclosure log and register of government contracts.
- Proactive release: Each SRWSD agency will make other information available to the public, in addition to the information contained on their website. Agencies will release as much government information as possible, in an appropriate way and free of charge (or at the lowest reasonable cost).
- Informal request: Specific information can be requested, with information to be potentially released without the need for a formal application, unless it is determined one is required.
- Formal application: Formal requests for information can be made in limited circumstances.
The Safety, Return to Work and Support Division will be working towards a consolidated, efficient and effective implementation of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 throughout the remainder of this year. Further information documents relating to the GIPA Act will be progressively added to each agency's website over the coming months.
For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.oic.nsw.gov.au
For a copy of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) go to www.legislation.nsw.gov.au