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Accessing Information Held by NBMLHD

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW) from 1 July 2010, introducing new right to information reforms that focus on making government information more readily available. This means that all government agencies, including NBMLHD, must release information unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA Act) there are four ways that government information will be released:

Mandatory release

State and local Government agencies are required to publish specific open access information on their website, free of charge. For example, this could include a register of government contracts, policies, media releases and annual reports.

View the Resources page for more details on this type of information.

Proactive release

State and local Government agencies are encouraged to make as much other information as possible publicly available in an appropriate manner, including on the internet. The information should be available free of charge or at the lowest reasonable cost. For example, frequently requested information or information of public interest may be readily available.

Informal release

State and local Government agencies are authorised to release other information in response to an informal request, subject to any reasonable conditions an agency imposes. For example, such information could include requests for personal information by the individual concerned.

Formal release

State and local Government agencies may release information in response to a formal access application. This is the last resort, if the information is not available in any other way.

See below for application details

Requesting information from NBMLHD

Personal Health Information

To apply to view or obtain copies of your personal health information, the NBMLHD Application for Health Care Records form should be completed and forwarded to the relevant NBMLHD facility you attended. Contact details for each facility are included on the above form.

Applications for your personal health information will be processed in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act and/or the Health Records Information and Privacy Act.

Formal Applications for Government Information

NBMLHD has a GIPA Act Access Application Form (PDF) that you may use to request information held by our district.

An application must be in writing, clearly indicate that it is an access application made under the GIPA Act, be accompanied by a fee of $30.00, state a postal address in Australia as the address for correspondence in connection with the application, and must include enough information to enable the information requested to be identified. Click here for more information regarding processing charges.

Once a NBMLHD officer has made a decision on your access application you will be notified of the outcome of your request. If access is not provided, either in whole or in part because there is an overriding public interest against disclosure, you will be advised of the reasons for this decision.

Review Rights

The Information and Privacy Commission provides more information on your review rights under the GIPA Act.

A request for an internal review should be made using the NBMLHD GIPA Internal Review form (PDF) or in a letter.

For further information please contact the NBMLHD Right to Information Coordinator on (02) 4734 4665.





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