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Open Access Information

Sport and Recreation, a division of Communities NSW, conducts the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program in NSW and as such are required to provide you with Open Access Information.

Open Access Information
What is Open Access Information?
How do I find information?
Further information and useful links

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Open Access Information

As of 1 July 2010, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) replaces the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (FOI).

This new legislation is different to the old FOI legislation as it encourages the proactive release of government information on agency websites unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure, for example, someone’s personal details.

To read more about the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) refer to the Useful Links section below.
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What is Open Access Information?

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 aims to maintain and advance a system of responsible and proactive release of government information by using agency websites.

Open access information includes a range of information held by agencies, for example:

- Policy documents
- Annual reports
- Guidelines
- Register of government contracts

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How do I find information?

Firstly you should have a look on the NSW Division area of this website to see if the information you are seeking is already available. As the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program in NSW is operated by Sport and Recreation, an agency of Communities NSW, you should also visit these websites for additional information.

If you cannot find the information you want then contact the:

Right to Information Officer
Communities NSW
PO Box 7060
Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: (02) 9995-0594
Email: gipainfo@communities.nsw.gov.au

In some cases, there is an overriding public interest against disclosing certain information, for example, personal details, commercial-in-confidence information and information that could jeopardise public safety or law enforcement. See the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 for a full list of information that cannot be disclosed.

If you wish to lodge a formal application, download an application form (PDF).

 Further information about Open Access Information can be found at www.communities.nsw.gov.au/gipainfo