Right to Information
Find out how a member of the public can access information held by the Department of Communities and Justice.
The Government Information (Public Access) Act
The aim of the government's Right to Information legislation is to maintain and advance a system of responsible and representative democratic government that is open, accountable, fair and effective.
Members of the public may access information held by the Government under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). The GIPA Act joins existing Privacy Laws to form the totality of the Right to Information legislative package.
The objective of the GIPA Act is to open government information to the public by:
- authorising and encouraging the proactive release of government information by agencies
- giving members of the public an enforceable right to access government information
- providing that access to government information is restricted only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.
Youth Justice NSW is a division of the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ). The Open Government, Information and Privacy Unit (OGIP) administers both the GIPA Act and privacy legislation on behalf of Youth Justice NSW. Read how to access information held by the Department of Communities and Justice (including Youth Justice).
The Agency Information Guide outlines how information may be accessed in accordance with section 20 of the GIPA Act.
National Redress Scheme
The NSW Government is taking part in the National Redress Scheme that has been created following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Redress Scheme seeks to acknowledge the life-long impact of institutional child sexual abuse.
The National Redress Scheme is administered by Victims Services. Information about the scheme can be found on the Victims Services website.