Making an Application for Assessed Disclosure

Applications for assessed disclosure are a method of last resort for obtaining information.

Right to Information Application Form [MS Word]

Right to Information Application Form [PDF]

Application

Consent to Share Personal Information Form

  • Applications are to be sent to:

    Right to Information
    Department of Health and Human Services
    GPO Box 125
    HOBART TAS 7001


    OR
    Email: rti@dhhs.tas.gov.au
  • Applications for information need to be made to the public authority holding the relevant information, or most closely linked to the information. A web page like this one is available for most other public authorities.
  • If you are not using the form provided, please note that your application must be made in writing and include the information which is required by the Right to Information Regulations 2010.
  • The Act provides that we can charge an application fee for an application for assessed disclosure. This fee is 25 fee units, which is $38.75 as at 1 July 2017 and is indexed annually.
  • You may apply to have the fee waived if:
    • you are impecunious – we will need to see evidence that you are in receipt of Centrelink or Veterans Affairs payments
    • where you are a Member of Parliament and the application is in connection with your official duties
    • you are able to establish that the information sought is intended to be used for a purpose that is of general public interest or benefit.

Note: Your application for assessed disclosure may be refused if you have not attempted to find the information before making the application.

What Will We Do Once We Have Your Application?

  • We will check your application to make sure we have all of the information we need to process your application and that you have paid the application fee (if required).
  • We may transfer your application to another public authority if we believe that they are better able to provide you with the relevant information.
  • Before your application is accepted, we may need to contact you to ask you about and assist you to refine your application.
  • A DHHS employee will assess your application against the Right to Information Act 2009 and let you know the outcome of that process in writing.
  • You can expect to be notified of our decision in relation to your application for assessed disclosure within 20 working days from the date that the application is accepted.
  • If your request is complex or involves assessing a large volume of information, we may seek further time to provide a decision. This will extend the time for complying with the request.
  • If there is a need to consult with a third party about their business affairs or about their personal information, more time is automatically given and we will let you know the outcome as soon as practicable, but no later than 40 working days after the date of acceptance. We will write to let you know if this is necessary.

Right of Review?

  • If the DHHS does not get back to you within the timeframe provided in the Act, or within an extended time frame if this is permitted or agreed, then we are taken to have refused your application and you can apply for a review to the Ombudsman.
  • If the application or part of the application is refused, then the reason for the refusal to provide certain information will be provided as part of the decision together with details on how you can apply for a review of the decision. Reviews of the decision can be addressed to:

    The Secretary
    Department of Health and Human Services
    GPO Box 125
    HOBART TAS 7001
  • If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the review, you may then apply to the Ombudsman for a review of the decision, in accordance with section 44 of the Act.
  • If, in the first instance, your application for assessed disclosure or part of the application is refused by the Principal Officer (the Secretary) rather than his/her delegate, then the reasons for the refusal to provide the information will be provided as part of the decision, together with details on the right to seek a review of the decision. In this case, you can request a review by writing to the Ombudsman.
  • If the DHHS does not get back to you in the timeframe allowed or negotiated, you may make an application for review to the Ombudsman.
  • Some information on reviews by the Ombudsman can be found on the Office of the Ombudsman's website.

More Information

The Office of the Ombudsman is responsible for publishing a Manual and Guidelines about the way in which public authorities process applications for assessed disclosure.