New South Wales Government Family & Community Services - Aboriginal Housing Office

GIPA – your rights

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, known as GIPA, grants a legal right of access to information held by the NSW Government and its agencies.

The purpose of the Act is to promote open, accountable, fair and effective government across Australia.

Members of the public have an enforceable right to apply and receive access to documents, records or other information held by agencies, who must release all parts of it, except where there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

The GIPA Act is designed to complement – not detract – from other legislation, such as the Privacy & Personal Information Protection Act 1998, which allows a person to gain access to information held about them by government agencies.

In order to gain access to other information held by the AHO, you must first apply – either formally or informally (refer to our guidance on Accessing AHO documents).

Before making an application to the AHO for information, please first also read our Right to Information policy.