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Accessing State Records Information (GIPA)

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 came into effect 1 July 2010. Its intention is to promote open, accountable, fair and effective government in NSW and ensure that members of the public have a right to access government information. This right is restricted only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosing the particular information. The GIPA Act replaces the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

Important!Please note: An Application to State Records to access government information under the GIPA Act only applies to information created and received by State Records in the course of carrying out its own functions. Information held in records transferred to State Records as State archives or for temporary storage by other government departments is not accessible through a GIPA application to State Records. Access under the GIPA Act must be made by request or application to the department responsible for the records.

QuestionWhat is public access to government information?
You have the right to access certain government information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

Information How to lodge a formal GIPA application
State Records is a related entity within the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.  Any formal applications can be lodged via this link.
Access the GIPA disclosure log »

Dictionary State Records Agency Information Guide
The Guide tells you in general terms: the structure and functions of State Records; how State Records functions affect the public; how the public can participate in the formulation of State Records’ policy and exercise of its functions; the kinds of government information held by State Records; the kinds of government information State Records will make available to the public; how State Records will make government information available to the public, and; whether or not there is a charge to access specific kinds of information.

KeyHow can I access State Records information?
There are a number of ways that you can access the different types of government information we hold. You can search on this website; make a formal request, and; make a formal access application.

DocumentsState Records Policy Documents and Tabled Documents
Policy Documents guide our decisions, actions and procedures. From time to time, documents relating to State Records (which include our Annual Reports) are tabled in the Parliament.

SignatureState Records Register of Government Contracts
The GIPA Act requires government agencies (including local councils) to record and publish certain information about some contracts with private sector bodies.Part 3 of the GIPA Act states that information about contracts worth more than $150,000 between agencies and private sector bodies must be recorded in a register of government contracts.