The Information Act commenced operation on 1 July 2003 and is the legislation that incorporates Freedom of Information (FOI), Privacy Protection and Records Management.
The purpose of the Act is to:
Public Sector Organisations should:
Public Sector Organisations are not required to provide access to government information if it is not in the public interest to do so, or if the information is subject to an exemption as provided for in the Act.
Sometimes seeking access through an alternative means can get you the information you want more quickly or more cheaply than by making an FOI application.
Before making an FOI application, you may wish to contact the Public Sector Organisation you think holds the information, to see what is already available, and whether there is a better way of accessing it. Please contact the Department Information Officer if you have any questions.
Public Sector Organisations may also have in place alternative procedures for accessing information. These may be set out in Acts or Regulations or in administrative access schemes set up by the Public Sector Organisations. They may or may not involve fees.
Many Public Sector Organisations already publish a lot of information. This may be in the form of annual, quarterly or monthly reports, or reports/strategies on specific issues and are often published on their websites.
The Department has an extensive collection of publications and information available to the public that are free of charge and these information can be found on our website:http://www.dlpe.nt.gov.au/publications
There is no application fee for personal information. However, for other types of requests there is an application fee of $30 (including GST) that must be made before an application is accepted. There are search, processing and copying fees that apply to both applications for government and personal information.
There is provision to apply for a waiver or reduction is fees in certain circumstances. It is strongly advised that this application be lodged with the original request. An application will not be actioned unless an application fee is paid or you have official advice that your application to waive or reduce the application fee has been successful.