Open access information

Open access information

The NSW Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 requires that Government agencies must put certain information on their websites to be available to the public, free of charge. This is known as 'open access information' and includes:

  • the University’s Policy Central website is the repository for all approved policy documents
  • Macquarie University Agency Information Guide
  • disclosure log of formal access applications
  • register of government contracts
  • annual reports. The Macquarie Annual Report is tabled in Parliament each year. Annual reports of previous years can be accessed here. The Annual Reports showcase the University’s achievements within the operating year and plans for the year ahead.

The information you are looking for may already be available under one of these links.

Macquarie University Agency Information Guide

The Macquarie University Agency Information Guide describes the various types of information Macquarie University holds and how these can be accessed.

As required under section 20 of the NSW Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, the University reviews this agency information annually and updates the guide. The Guide:

  • describes the structure and functions of the University
  • describes the ways in which the functions (including, in particular, the decision-making functions) of the University affect members of the public
  • specifies arrangements to enable members of the public to participate in the formulation of the University's policy and the exercise of its functions
  • identifies the various kinds of government information held by the University
  • identifies the kinds of government information held by the University that the University makes (or will make) publicly available
  • specifies the manner in which the University makes (or will make) government information publicly available
  • identifies the kinds of information that are (or will be) made publicly available free of charge and those kinds for which a charge is (or will be) imposed.

University policies

Under the GIPA Act, policy documents must be made available unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure (OPIAD). To determine if there is an OPIAD, the public interest test is applied (refer to the IPC guidelines for Public Interest Test ).

After applying the public interest test, a University officer will determine whether:

  • a policy document may be made available with deletions, or
  • a policy document cannot be made publicly available because there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

Who can help me with more information?

The Right to Information Officer
Macquarie University
SYDNEY NSW 2109
Phone:  +61 2 9850 6592
Email:  gipa@mq.edu.au

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