Government's new Right to Information Act 2009 has commenced

The Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1991 on 1 July 2010. It creates a new framework for the disclosure of information to the Tasmanian Community to improve transparency in Government.

The new framework in the Act has four key elements, which are:

  • it mandates the proactive release of information;
  • it includes an enhanced role for the Ombudsman in relation to both review and the monitoring of the release of information;
  • it minimises fees payable for the formal release of information; and
  • for the first time seeks to clarify what exactly the public interest test consists of..

A copy of the Act is available on the Tasmanian Government legislative database: www.thelaw.tas.gov.au

The RTI Act is an outcome of the review of the Freedom of Information Act. Implementation was managed by the Department of Justice.

General Information about the Right to Information is also available from the Office of the Ombudsman.

Information about the operation of the RTI Act in the Department of Health and Human Services, including how to make an application for information, is available via this link.