On 1 July 2010, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPA Act) replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW), introducing widespread reforms and creating a new ‘right to information’ regime.
The new law:
- creates new rights to information that are designed to meet community expectations of an open and transparent government
- encourages government agencies to proactively release government information
Ausgrid is committed to complying with the objectives of the GIPA Act in a fair and reasonable manner. Accordingly, Ausgrid has now made the following information available on its website:
policy documents - documents relating to the exercise of functions or are likely to affect a person’s rights, obligations or benefits for example network standards and guidelines;
disclosure log of access applications - a summary of information released following determination of a formal access application; and
register of government contracts – a summary of Ausgrid contracts with the private sector that are $150k or more.
To find out more on how your rights to information have changed as a result of the new GIPA Act visit www.oic.nsw.gov.au.