Right to Information
From July 1 2010 the NSW Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) came into force replacing the Freedom of Information Act (1989).
The GIPA Act creates new and enhanced rights for members of the community to access information to improve openness, transparency and accountability of government organisations. Through this legislation, the Government is committed to providing access to information held by Government and by Public agencies including Universities, unless on balance it is contrary to the public interest to provide that information.
The University's Right to Information Officer is available to provide advice on the operation of the Act within the University.
Many University documents are publicly available through the University's website. People seeking information about the University should review the UWS Publications Guide which identifies the kinds of information that are, or will be, made publicly available free of charge and those kinds of information for which a charge is, or will be imposed. You may also contact the Right to Information Officer for assistance in lodging a formal request.
Students and staff will still be able to access routine student and staff files without a formal application.
Further information about the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 is available from the Office of the Information Commissioner website (opens in a new window).