Access to Information

Government Information (Public Access)

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) aims to maintain and advance a system of responsible and representative democratic government that is open, accountable, fair and effective. The object of the GIPA Act is to open government information to the public by:

  • authorising and encouraging the proactive public release of government information by agencies, and
  • giving members of the public an enforceable right to access government information, and
  • providing that access to government information is restricted only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

More information

Information can be sought from the Office of Emergency Management by contacting:

GIPAA Unit
NSW Department of Justice
GPO Box 6
SYDNEY NSW 2001

Applying for information

Before lodging a formal access application form to access information about the Office of Emergency Management, please browse our website to see if the information is already available.

If you wish to lodge a formal access application, use the GIPA Application Form (pdf).​

Applicatio​​n fee

The formal application fee is $30 and must be paid when lodging an access application form. The fee covers the first hour of processing.

We may request an additional processing charge if an application for information involves extensive research or processing time. Any additional charges are based on an estimated time necessary to deal efficiently with the application. An additional processing charge is calculated at $30 per hour.

The Government Information (Public Access) Act continues the right of applicants seeking their own personal information to receive up to 20 hours processing without additional charge.