On 1 July 2010 the Government Information Public Access (GIPA) Act 2009, a new right to information legislation, came into effect. This replaces the former Freedom of Information Act 1989.
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.
Accessing our agency's information
Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority publishes a range of information on this website under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
How to Access information
To obtain information, you can either search our website to see if it is already available online, or contact us and ask for the information.
Agency Information Guide
View the Agency Information Guide here.
Open Access Table
View SMDA's Open Access Table here.
Informal release of information
Members of the public may contact SMDA and ask for information. This is known as an informal request. SMDA may release information informally, subject to any reasonable conditions. Please note that copy charges apply ($1.10 per A4 sheet).
Application for formal access to SMDA information under the GIPA Act can be made by lodging a formal Access Application Form, along with a $30 application fee. Processing charges cost $30 per hour after the first hour. An internal review of a reviewable decision costs $40.
Applicants should be precise about the information they want to access so as to enable the correct information to be identified.
Access Information Form
Make a formal request by filling out the Access Information form here.
Applications can be submitted via fax, email or in person.
View SMDA's disclosure log outlining requests to date here.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions and would love to hear from you. If you require further information, please contact us at:
Tel: 02 9202 9100 between 9am to 5pm,
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)
Fax: 02 9202 9111
Mail: PO Box 1198, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Address: Suite 4D, Level 4, 219-241Cleveland St, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Frequently Asked Questions
The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) has answered a range of frequently asked questions around the new right to information system that are available on the OIC website here.
Your review rights
The OIC can be contacted on:
Tel: 1800 463 626
Post: GPO Box 7011, Sydney NSW 2001