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Right to access information

Members of the community have the right to apply for information held by NSW Health Pathology under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) (the GIPA Act). The objectives of the GIPA Act are to maintain and advance a system of responsible and representative democratic government that is open, accountable, fair and effective. You can find out more about your right to information and ways you can access NSW Government information on the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) website.

How to access our information

The GIPA Act establishes a model of openness under which formal applications for access to information should be a last resort. It authorises and encourages the release of information proactively, limited only by legitimate public interest considerations. There are four ways you can access information from NSW Health Pathology under the GIPA Act:

Mandatory Disclosure

Certain information must be published on NSW Health Pathology’s website, free of charge.

Informal Release

Agencies are encouraged to release information without the need for a formal application, unless there are good reasons to require one.

Proactive Release

Agencies are encouraged to take the initiative to release government information that should in the public interest be made available, in an appropriate manner and free of charge (or at the lowest reasonable cost).

Formal Access

In limited circumstances, access to information will require formal access applications. For a formal access application to be valid it must:

  • be in writing
  • state that it is made under the GIPA Act
  • have an Australian postal address for return correspondence
  • provide enough details to help us identify the information you require and
  • enclose the application fee of $30

You can make a formal access application for personal information by sending a completed access application form, $30 application fee and proof of identity to NSW Health Pathology’s Right to Information Officer via email to [email protected] or by post to NSW Health Pathology Right to Information Officer, PO Box 846, Newcastle NSW 2300.

Personal information

In general, applications by an individual for access to their personal information (including health information) will be processed under the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act) or the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) rather than the GIPA Act. Information on how to access your personal information is available here.

Disclosure log

We keep a disclosure log on our website where you can see a list of information that has already been released by NSW Health Pathology under the access provisions of the GIPA Act.

Policy documents

NSW Health policy documents are available on the NSW Health website. NSW Health Pathology-specific policies are available on our website.

NSW Government contract award notice

NSW Health Pathology is required by the GIPA Act to record and publish certain information about some contracts with private sector bodies. Part 3, Division 5 of the GIPA Act states that information about contracts worth more than $150,000 between agencies and private sector bodies must be recorded in a register of government contracts. Details concerning all NSW Health contracts are available at the NSW eTendering website.

Open access information not released

NSW Health Pathology must keep a record of any open access information that it does not make publicly available on the basis of an overriding public interest against disclosure. The record must indicate only the general nature of the information concerned. As NSW Health Pathology makes decisions about open access information that may not be disclosed due to an overriding public interest, it will publish this information on this website.

Past Privacy and GIPA reports

Documents tabled in Parliament

No documents have yet been tabled in the NSW Parliament by or on behalf of NSW Health Pathology. Should this occur, the agency will publish links to these documents on its website.

More information

You can contact NSW Health Pathology’s Right to Information Officer by emailing [email protected] or by phone on (02) 4920 4000 for more information about access to information under the GIPA Act.​

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