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The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) creates rights to information that are designed to meet community expectations of more open and transparent government and encourages government agencies to proactively release government information.
The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) is committed to openness with regard to its information and is a public authority that is required to comply with GIPA obligations. Under section 7(3) of the GIPA Act HETI proactively reviews and releases the information it holds.
There are four ways that HETI makes information publicly available:
1. Mandatory Proactive Release
Much of the information held by HETI is publicly available, including these resources :
Formal determinations made under the GIPA Act are listed in the Disclosure Log.
2. Authorised Proactive release
You can ask HETI what information it will make available to the public, in addition to the information contained on its website. Under the GIPA Act HETI is encouraged to release as much information as possible, in an appropriate way and at the lowest reasonable cost. Contact HETI for more details.
3. Informal request
You can request specific information from HETI. HETI will release information without the need for a formal application, unless there are good reasons to require one. A HETI Right to Information Officer is available to help you make a request for information, and can be contacted on (02) 9844 6551 or via email.
4. Formal application
As information held by HETI is publicly available, access applications under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 should be unnecessary. These applications should be considered a last resort. If you are unable to obtain the information you need in any other way, you can formally request specific information from HETI. In some cases, access to information will require a formal access application. Access applications are subject to application fees and processing charges and copies of the forms are available from the NSW Information and Privacy Commission.
The review and complaints rights of applicants as well as detailed information about the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 are detailed on the NSW Information and Privacy Commission website.
You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW Government information on the Information and Privacy Commission website, or by calling 1800 472 679 between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).