Right to Information

The Right to Information Act 2009 commenced on 1 July 2010 and provides for greater access to information held by government bodies.

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Information disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009

 

What is the Right to Information?
The Right to Information Act 2009 commenced on 1 July 2010 and provides for greater access to information held by government bodies by:

Forestry Tasmania is a public authority.

Why do we have a Right to Information Act?

Section 3 of the Act includes this statement of the objects of the Act:

(1) The object of this Act is to improve democratic government in Tasmania –

(a) by increasing the accountability of the executive to the people of Tasmania; and
(b) by increasing the ability of the people of Tasmania to participate in their governance; and
(c) by acknowledging that information collected by public authorities is collected for and on behalf of the people of Tasmania and is the property of the State.

(2) This object is to be pursued by giving members of the public the right to obtain information held by public authorities and Ministers.

(3) This object is also to be pursued by giving members of the public the right to obtain information about the operations of Government.

(4) It is the intention of Parliament –

(a) that this Act be interpreted so as to further the object set out in subsection (1); and
(b) that discretions conferred by this Act be exercised so as to facilitate and promote, promptly and at the lowest reasonable cost, the provision of the maximum amount of official information.

How do I get access to information?
Forestry Tasmania is required by the Right to Information Act 2009 to make information available to the public through proactive disclosure, this means we are to routinely make information available which will assist the public in understanding what it is we do and how we do it.

This is may be done via our website, through publications (e.g. fact sheets), via reports (e.g. our Annual Report).

Some information is not released in this way, either because it is not of general public interest or because it is information Forestry Tasmania would need to assess against the exemptions in the Right to Information Act 2009 prior to disclosure.

If you cannot find the information via one of the means below contact Forestry Tasmania and we may be able to assist you in finding it or we may give it to you. If it is not freely available we will assist you to make an application for an assessed disclosure.

You may find information from Forestry Tasmania in one of the following ways:

Applications for assessed disclosure

 

RTI applications for assessed disclosure to be made to:
Ms Yvette Fuller
RTI Co-ordinator
Forestry Tasmania
GPO Box 207
HOBART, TAS 7011
Queries phone (03) 6235 8206

or email: [email protected]

A form to assist in making an application is available here RTI Application Form [PDF]


What will we do once we have your application?


If the application or part of the application is refused, then the reasons for the refusal to provide the information must be provided as part of the decision together with details on the right to seek a review of the decision. This is done by writing to:

Principal Officer
Right to Information
Forestry Tasmania
GPO Box 207
Hobart TAS 7001


Right to Information Manual and Guidelines

The Manual and Guidelines will provide you with a little more detail on making requests under the RTI Act and how they are processed by the agency to which the request is sent.
These are available on the Office of the Ombudsman’s website Ombudsman Tasmania - Right to Information


Related Acts and Regulations
You can view, download and print the following Acts and Regulations made available by the Tasmanian Legislation Online website. Right to Information Act 2009