Accessing Information

Public access to government information

The purpose of the  Government Information Public Access Act 2009 (GIPA Act)  is to improve government transparency by increasing access to government information. The GIPA Act focuses on making government information more readily available to the public. This means that the Audit Office must release information to the public unless there is an overriding public interest against doing so.

Under the GIPA Act, there are three main ways that the Audit Office releases information:

  1. Open Access Information
  2. Authorised proactive release*
  3. Access applications and informal release


The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 describes the responsibilities of public sector agencies, including the Audit Office, in managing personal information. This Act covers the collection, retention and security, accuracy, use and disclosure of personal information.

Personal information is information that relates to an identifiable person as well as information that identifies an individual. Personal information covers:

  • a written record (including electronic records) which may include your name, address and other details about you
  • photographs, images, video or audio footage
  • fingerprints, blood or DNA samples.

Under section 33 of the Act, the Audit Office is required to have a Privacy Management Plan which explains more about the privacy obligations of the Audit Office. We also have a privacy statement relating directly to the use of our website.

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