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Right to Information

The Right to Information Act 2009 commenced on 1 July 2010 and gives members of the public the right to obtain information contained in the records of the Government and public authorities.

Section 3 of the Act includes this statement of the objects of the Act:

  1. The object of this Act is to improve democratic government in Tasmania by:-
    (a) increasing the accountability of the executive to the people of Tasmania; and
    (b) increasing the ability of the people of Tasmania to participate in their governance; and
    (c) acknowledging that information collected by public authorities is collected for and on behalf of the people of Tasmania and is the property of the State.
  2. This object is to be pursued by giving members of the public the right to obtain information held by public authorities and Ministers.
  3. This object is also to be pursued by giving members of the public the right to obtain information about the operations of Government.
  4.  It is the intention of Parliament that: –
    (a) this Act be interpreted so as to further the object set out in subsection (1); and
    (b) discretions conferred by this Act be exercised so as to facilitate and promote, promptly and at the lowest reasonable cost, the provision of the maximum amount of official information.

To access this information, you will need to download and submit this Right to Information Form – 2023-24

There is a cost associated with requesting information, this can be found on page 4 of the form.

You may apply to have the fee waived if:

  • You have financial difficulties, and you have one of these cards (please provide proof from Centrelink or Veterans Affairs with your application): Services Australia Health Care Card, Services Australia Pensioner Concession Card, Department of Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, Veteran Card Gold
  • You are a member of parliament and the application is in connection with your official duty.
  • You demonstrate that the information sought is intended to be used for general public interest or benefit.

Make sure you have looked for the information before you make a formal application, because if the information is already publicly available your application may be refused without the return of your application fee.