This fact sheet provides advice to citizens seeking access to government information.
Increasingly NSW government information is held in digital form, likewise decision-making and services are increasingly automated. This has implications for how governments can improve outcomes for citizens seeking access to government information.
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 the 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.
These rights remain applicable where government uses technology to provide services and inform decisions.