The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (or the GIPA Act) came into effect on 1 July 2010 and replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989.

The GIPA Act is designed to meet community expectations of a more open and transparent Government for the people of NSW.

The Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) has been established to promote public awareness and understanding of the new GIPA Act. The Information Commissioner also monitors government agencies' compliance with the GIPA Act.

You can find out more about your right to information, and new ways to access NSW government information, by contacting the the Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC).

Accessing Network's information

The Network publishes a range of information under the GIPA Act and other relevant legislation. This includes:

If you are unable to find the information you are seeking, please contact the Right to Information Officer by email, phone or by formal application.

Right to Information Officer

Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
PO Box 150, Matraville NSW 2036
Phone: (02) 9700 3000 Fax: (02) 9700 3744
Email: GIPAinfo@justicehealth.nsw.gov.au

 

Information not disclosed to the public

Under the GIPA Act, there is a presumption in favour of disclosing Government information unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

In making such a determination, the public interest test under s.13 of the GIPA Act will be applied. Under s13, there will only be an overriding public interest against disclosure where public interest considerations in favour of disclosure are, on balance, outweighed by those against disclosure.

An access application may be made for all government information held by the Network. Information may be released in response to an access application unless:

  • there is an overriding public interest against disclosure, or
  • the information is excluded information of particular agencies as defined under Schedule 2 of the GIPA Act.

Although an access application may be made for government information held by the Network, information will not be released if there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

The Network will continually review its program for releasing government information which will identify information held by this agency that should, in the public's interest, be made publicly available.

 

GIPA Reporting