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  • Self-guided Walks

    Staying fit and healthy is just a walk in the Park! Download our free Centennial Park walking apps - available for Apple and Android smartphones. More info and download links here.

  • Swamp Closures

    Lachlan Swamp will close on days above 36C to minimise disturbance to the Flying Foxes. There will be no access to visitors.

  • Centennial Park History Book

    Our great new book on the history of Centennial Park is now on sale, and can be ordered online. Great gift idea. More info.

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Government Information (Public Access)

On 1 July 2010, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) commences replacing the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (FOI).


Open Access Information

Right to KnowThe GIPA Act is based on a presumption in favour of disclosing government information unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure, for example, someone's personal details. This new legislation is designed to:

  • promote open discussion of public affairs
  • enhance Government accountability
  • contribute to positive and informed debate on issues of public importance
  • inform the public about the operations of agencies and in particular, or their policies and practices for dealing with members of the public
  • ensure effective oversight of the expenditure of public funds

This new legislation is different to the old FOI legislation as it encourages the proactive released of government information on agency websites.  There are now four ways members of the public can access government information.  They are:

  1. Mandatory Disclosure
    Agencies must publish certain information on their websites.  For example, policies, guidelines, annual reports. Please see our Links page for this information.
  2. Proactive Release
    Agencies are encouraged to release as much government information as possible on their website
  3. Informal Release
    Agencies are encouraged to release information on request without requiring a formal application unless it isn¡¦t in the public interest
  4. Formal Access Application
    In some cases, a formal application and $30 fee may be required.

How do I request Information?

Every day, government and other public bodies respond to many requests for general information from the public.

This process will still be your first avenue of access to the information you wish to see. If you cannot find the information that you seek on this site you can contact our:

Right to Information Officer
Centennial Parklands
Locked Bag 15, Paddington NSW 2021
Phone: (02) 9339 6699
Fax: (02) 9360 4215