Making a formal application
Access to non-personal documents are processed under the GIPA Act legislation and written applications should be submitted, in the first instance, to the Chief Executive, marked attention to 'Right to Information Officer'.
Hunter New England Health
Locked Mail Bag 1
New Lambton NSW 2305
A valid formal application for access to government information must:
- be in writing
- state that it is made under the GIPA Act
- have an Australian postal address for return correspondence
- provide enough details to help the agency identify the information you require; and
- enclose the application fee of $30.00 by cheque or money order (made payable to Hunter New England Local Health District), or credit card.
To assist, Hunter New England Health has created a GIPAA Access Application Form and a Request for Internal Review form.
Fees and Charges under the GIPA Act
|Access to records
|$30.00 per hour after the first 20 hours
|Access to records
|$30.00 per hour
|Amendment of records
Note: There are circumstances where there can be a reduction in fees and charges and this should be checked with the Right to Information Officer.
The Right to Information Officer will process your request upon receipt of a valid application and the appropriate application fee.
To assist, please try and include as much information as possible about the documents to which you are requesting access. If you are unsure of the existence of a document or what it is called, please call our Right to Information Officer on (02) 4985 5890 for assistance.
Hunter New England Health keeps a disclosure log on our website. This is where you can see a list of information that has already been released by Hunter New England Health under the access provisions of the GIPA Act.
NSW Health policy documents are available on the NSW Health website.
NSW Government Contract Award Notice
The NSW Government requires that NSW Government agencies publicly disclose details about any contracts with private sector organisations. This requirement is part of the Government Information (Public Access) Act (GIPA).
The Act, requires disclosure for the following classes of contract:
- Class 1 contract is a government contract where the estimated value of the project, goods and services, property or lease is likely to be over $150,000.
- Class 2 contract is a Class 1 contract where there has not been a tender process; or the terms and conditions of the contract have been substantially negotiated with the successful tenderer; or obligations include maintaining or operating infrastructure or assets could continue for 10 years or more; or it involves a privately financed project; or it involves a transfer of a significant asset of the agency to another party to the contract in exchange for transfer of an asset to the agency.
- Class 3 contract is a Class 2 contract with a value over $5 million.
In addition to the above requirements, disclosure is required for any procurement, sale and disposal contracts including capital works, goods, services (including contracts from Standing Offer panels, prequalification schemes etc), maintenance, information and communications technology, property (including lease arrangements) and other contracts.
The contract award notices found on NSW eTendering include details about that contractual arrangement as required in the Act. Details concerning all NSW Health contracts are available at the NSW eTendering website.
Open access information not released
Hunter New England Health must keep a record of any open access information that it does not make publicly available on the basis of an overriding public interest against disclosure. The record must indicate only the general nature of the information concerned.
As Hunter New England Health makes decisions about open access information that may not be disclosed due to an overriding public interest, it will publish this information on this website.
Documents tabled in Parliament
No documents have yet been tabled in the NSW Parliament by or on behalf of the Hunter New England Health. Should this occur, the agency will publish links to these documents on its website.
You can contact Hunter New England Health's Right to Information Officers on (02) 4985 5890 for more information about access to information under the GIPA Act.