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From 1 July 2010, the new Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009(GIPA Act) replaced the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1989 (NSW), and introduced a new right to information system in New South Wales.
The GIPA Act applies to all NSW government agencies, including Western Sydney Local Health District. The new right to information laws promote openness, accountability and transparency and makes government agencies more proactive inproviding information to the public. Under this new model, release of information proactively is authorised and encouraged, limited only by legitimate public interest considerations. Formal applications for access to information should be a last resort.
Note that WSLHD makes a lot of information publicly available, for example, in the NSW Health Annual Report and on the Internet. In addition, processes are in place to facilitate access to a person’s personal information. To access information of a non-personal nature from WSLHD:
For further information on the GIPA Act and accessing information click here.
For further information please contact the Right to Information Coordinator on (02) 4734 3361
Your personal information can be accessed in several ways. For further information click here.