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ISJO GIPA information access

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA) replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989 and Section 12 of the Local Government Act on 1 July 2010.  Under GIPA you have a right, with limited exceptions, to access documents held by ISJO. 

You can request to view any document held by the ISJO.  Due to the nature of some documents access may be refused either in full or in part. Documents include those held on electronic and paper files.

Making an application

Informal access application
ISJO may release information following an informal request, that is, a request that is not a formal access application, unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure. 

The release of information may be subject to any reasonable conditions imposed by ISJO and may be made in any format. 

ISJO retains the discretion to require a formal access application in certain circumstances which could include:  

  • where request involves a significant diversion of resources 
  • the requested material contains information about a third party that cannot be deleted easily or without rendering the information useless, and consultation would need to occur, or 
  • the material is sensitive in nature and requires careful balancing of public interests.

 To make an information access application, email ISJO on with the following details: 

  • your full contact details including preferred method of contact
  • sufficient information to allow the information requested to be identified.

 Formal access application

ISJO may release information following the lodgement of a formal access application. Applications must be made in writing, contain sufficient information to enable the information requested to be identified, and be accompanied by a $30 application fee. ISJO has 20 working days to decide an application (with provision for that time limit to be extended by a maximum of 15 days if the records need to be retrieved from archives or third parties need to be consulted). 

If you make a formal application, you have a legally enforceable right to be provided with the information unless there is an overriding public interest against its disclosure. 

Decisions about formal access applications are subject to internal review by ISJO as well as to external review the Information Commissioner and /or the Administrative Decisions Tribunal.

An application form can be downloaded below if required.


GIPA 2009 - Access Application

application form [128 KB]