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Government Information (Public Access)

Your Right to Information

On 1 July 2010, new right to information legislation came into effect, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act), replacing the former freedom of information law.

The new law:

  • creates new rights to information that are designed to meet community expectations of more open and transparent government
  • encourages government agencies to proactively release government information.

You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW government information on the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) website at www.ipc.nsw.gov.au.

Agency Information Guide

The Agency Information Guide describes the basic structure and functions of the ACI , the various kinds of information it holds, and how members of the public can access this information.

About the Agency for Clinical Innovation

The ACI is a board-governed statutory health corporation that reports to the NSW Minister for Health and Secretary of NSW Health.

Established by the NSW Government in direct response to the Garling Inquiry into Acute Care Services in NSW Public Hospitals, the ACI has built on the work of the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce ( GMCT ), and works with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW.

The ACI partners with Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks to assist delivery of healthcare innovations into practice across metropolitan and rural NSW.

We work closely with partner agencies within NSW Health, including the Bureau for Health Information, Cancer Institute NSW, Clinical Excellence Commission, the Health Education and Training Institute, Kids and Families NSW and NSW Ambulance.

The Board of the ACI was formally announced on 15 March 2010. The inaugural Chair of the ACI was Professor Carol Pollock. Associate Professor Brian McCaughan AM was announced as the Chair of the ACI Board on 23 December 2010.

Information held by the ACI

Our agency publishes a range of information under the GIPA Act. Follow the links below and within our website to find out more about our policies, our agency’s publication guide, a disclosure log of information applications, and our register of government contracts.

How to access ACI information

To access information from the ACI , first search our website to see if this information is already available. If it is not, please contact the ACI 's Right to Information Officer on e-mail info@aci.health.nsw.gov.au or phone +61 2 9464 4666 and ask for this information.

We will then decide whether the information you want:

  • is open access information that is readily available. If it is, we will tell you where and how you can get this information
  • will be made available as part of a proactive release of information
  • can be disclosed to you through informal release, for example, where no third party personal information is involved
  • requires a formal access application, for example because consultation with a third party is required.

Policy documents

The ACI is subject to, and adopts, the Policy Directives issued by NSW Health and these can found at: www.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/

Specific guidance developed by the ACI and its clinical networks are also available on our website. If you cannot find the relevant information you are looking for, please contact the relevant clinical network.

Documents tabled in Parliament

The ACI has not yet tabled any reports in Parliament. The ACI will publish future reports to Parliament on this website.

Register of Contracts

When ACI engages in any contracts to the value of more than $150,000 with private sector bodies, it publishes these in a register of government contracts. The information provided will include details on the name of the contractor and any related company involved in the contract, the start date and duration of the contract, the good and services to be provided under the contract, the amount payable to the contractor, any renegotiation provisions, tender methods if applicable, and any payment provisions for operational or maintenance services under the contract.

Disclosure Log

The ACI is yet to receive any access applications under the GIPA Act. As access applications are received that are likely to be of interest to members of the public, the ACI will publish a Disclosure Log, which will detail our response to applications for information about the ACI .

Proactive release

You can ask the ACI what information it will make available to the public, in addition to the information contained on its website. Under the GIPA Act, the ACI is encouraged to release as much information as possible, in an appropriate way and free of charge (or at the lowest reasonable cost). The Right to Information Officer can be contacted on +61 2 9464 4666.

Government Information (Public Access) Report

Informal request

You can request specific information from the ACI . The ACI will release information without the need for a formal application, unless there are good reasons to require one. Your first point of contact should be the Right to Information Officer, on +61 2 9464 4666.

Formal Application for access

This is the last resort, if you haven't been able to get the information you need in any other way. You can formally request specific information from the ACI. In limited circumstances, access to information will require a Formal Access Application. Your first point of contact should be the Right to Information Officer, on +61 2 9464 4666.

The Access Application Form should be completed to apply for formal access to ACI information under the GIPA Act.

Contact for more information

For more information, please contact the ACI's Right to Information Officer.

Level 4, Sage Building
67 Albert Avenue
Chatswood NSW 2067
Mail: PO Box 699, Chatswood NSW 2057
Phone: +61 2 9464 4666
E-mail: info@aci.health.nsw.gov.au