Right to Information

Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA Act) replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989 from 1 July 2010.

The purpose of the GIPA Act is to provide greater access to government information. New rights are designed to meet community expectations of more open and transparent government and encourage government agencies to proactively release government information.

There are four ways in which information held by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) will be available:

  1. Mandatory Disclosure
    We publish certain information on our website, free of charge. Please refer to Open Access Information for further information. 

  2. Proactive Release
    We will proactively release as much government information as possible, in an appropriate way and free of charge (or at the lowest reasonable cost).

  3. Informal Release
    We will release information without the need for a formal application, unless there are good reasons to require one.

  4. Formal Application
    In some circumstances, access to information will require a formal access application. A copy of the application form that you may use to request information held by the ODPP is available. The basic application fee is $30 for formal applications. The payment must be sent with the application form. Additional processing charges of $30 per hour may also apply. In some situations, we may require you to pay an advance deposit. We will let you know if these additional payments apply to your application.

All applications will be determined in accordance with the GIPA Act. Section 43 of the GIPA Act provides that an access application cannot be made for "excluded information" of the agency, and Schedule 2, Clause 1 of the GIPA Act provides that excluded information of the ODPP is information relating to our prosecution function. Accordingly access applications for prosecution files or any information from a prosecution file are invalid applications under the GIPA Act, and this information will not be provided. 

You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW government information from the Office of the Information Commission (OIC):

Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) website at www.oic.nsw.gov.au
GPO Box 7011 Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: 1800 463 626
Email: oicinfo@oic.nsw.gov.au

Additional information about material available on this website and from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, please see Open Access Information.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions can be contacted for further information regarding Right to Information and Open Access Information:

The Right to Information Officer
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW)
Locked Bag A8
Sydney South NSW 1232
Telephone: 02 9285 8606

Open Access Information about the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW)

The ODPP is publishing a range of open access information as required under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 as detailed below.

Publication Guide

A number of ODPP publications are available on this website, please see Publications. This list is continually reviewed and updated.

Policy Documents

The ODPP is in the process of developing and publishing a full list of Policy Documents available under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. The ODPP Prosecution Guidelines and Code of Conduct are published on this website.

Documents Tabled in Parliament

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) Annual Reports are the only documents tabled in Parliament. All Annual Reports are available on this website.

Disclosure Log

A log of formal applications made under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 is required to be published by the ODPP. This log records all formal applications made to the ODPP which may be of interest to others.

The ODPP's Disclosure Log will be updated as access applications are received.

Information Not Disclosed

The ODPP is also to keep and publish a record of any open access information that it does not make publicly available due to an overriding public interest to keep the material confidential. The record will note only the general nature of the information requested.

Register of Government Contracts

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, NSW, will publish a register of all contracts valued at $150,000 which are entered into with a private sector entity for a project, goods and services, purchase or lease of rental property.

Major Assets and Property Disclosure

A record of major assets and property disclosure of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) will be published when available.

Please contact the Right to Information Officer (Telephone: (02) 9285 8606) if you require any information relating to ODPP Open Access Information.

Legal practioners CLICK HERE for information concerning subpoenas and how to obtain copies of police briefs of evidence.

Click here to download a Government Information (Public Access) application form