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Access to information

On 1 July 2010 the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA Act) replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989.

The GIPA Act:

  • 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 the kinds of information that we hold, as well as the ways through which you can access information from the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) by navigating this website. In particular, you may wish to access links to the following:

If you wish to access information that is not available on this website, please contact the Right to Information Officer on 02 8741 5234. The Right to Information Officer will be able to provide you with advice about the information you seek. In particular, the Right to Information Officer will advise you whether:

  • the information is 'open access' information that is readily available to the public
  • the information will be released to you proactively
  • the information may be informally released to you
  • a formal access application is required.

Further information about the GIPA Act and ways to access NSW government information is also available on the website of the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC).

The NSW Rural Fire Service is currently experiencing delays in the processing of access applications under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. This delay comes as a result of the diversion of agency resources in responding to the unprecedented fire activity across NSW over the bush fire season, followed by the operational and administrative impacts on the agency due to the COVID-19 outbreak. You may wish to delay making your application until conditions have abated. If you do proceed with your application, you may be asked to agree to an extended timeframe for its determination. We thank you for your understanding and patience.