The Information and Privacy Commission NSW

The Information and Privacy Commission NSW is an independent statutory authority that administers legislation dealing with privacy and access to government held information in New South Wales.

The role of the Information Commissioner is to raise public awareness of the right to information laws and provide assistance, information, support and advice to government departments and the public.

The Information Commissioner has broad investigative powers and may require government departments to provide information and conduct inquiries pertinent to the administration of the GIPA Act.

The Information Commissioner conducts reviews of decisions by the NSW Police Force where the applicant is aggrieved by that decision. (Reviews by the Information Commissioner)

Further information may be obtained by contacting the IPC:

  • Phone: 1800 IPC NSW (1800 472 679)
  • Email: ipcinfo@ipc.nsw.gov.au

External review by the Information Commissioner

If you are the person applying for access to information, you do not have to have an internal review of the decision before asking the Information Commissioner to review it.

If you are not the access applicant, you must seek an internal review before applying for review by the Information Commissioner.

You have 40 working days from being notified of the decision to ask for a review by the Information Commissioner.

On reviewing the decision, the Information Commissioner can make recommendations about the decision to the agency.

NOTE: You cannot ask the Information Commissioner to review a decision that has already been reviewed by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).

External review by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)

If you disagree with any of the decisions listed above, you can ask for a review by NCAT. You do not have to have the decision reviewed internally, or by the Information Commissioner before applying for review by NCAT.

You have 40 working days from being notified of the decision to apply to NCAT for review. However, if you have applied for review by the Information Commissioner, you have 20 working days from being notified of the Information Commission's review outcome to apply to NCAT.