RIGHT TO INFORMATION (RTI) REQUESTS
What is the Right to Information Act 2009?
The Right to Information Act 2009 commenced on 1 July 2010 and provides for public access to information held by government bodies. It:
authorises and encourages routine disclosure of information held by public authorities without the need for requests or applications
authorises and encourages active disclosure of information held by public authorities in response to informal requests without the need for applications
gives members of the public an enforceable right to information held by public authorities
provides that access to information held by government bodies is restricted in only limited circumstances which are defined in the Act.
How to make a RTI application
A form to assist in making an application is available here. If you are not using the form, please note that your application must still be in writing and must include the information that is requested on the form. This is a requirement under right to information regulations. The full regulations can be viewed on the Tasmanian legislation website at Tasmanian Legislation Online.
Applications must be accompanied by the application fee which is currently $42.50 for 2022-23.
You may apply to have the fee waived if one of the following applies:
you are in financial hardship - we will need evidence such as a Centrelink Health Care Card
you are a member of parliament and the application is in connection with your official duty
you are able to show that the information sought is intended to be used for a purpose that is of general public interest or benefit.
Applicants should note the following.
If they seek and are granted a waiver of the application fee on the basis of general public interest, and it is determined that the information is in the broader public interest, publication of the released information is likely.
Their identity will not be published. The category of applicant will be published, i.e. Member of Parliament, media representative, private individual.
A summary of the application will be published. This gives context to the nature of the released information.
Macquarie Point Development Corporation
The Goods Shed, 41 Evans Street
Hobart TAS 7000
or email: email@example.com