Right to Information Guidelines

Guidelines

The Ombudsman is required by s 49(1) of the RTI Act to issue and maintain Guidelines relating to certain aspects of the Act. He is also given power by s 49(1) to issue Guidelines on any matters which he considers necessary.

The Ombudsman has issued the following Guidelines under s 49(1) of the RTI Act -

Guideline 1/2010 - Guideline in relation to review of decisions by the Ombudsman - Revised 1 November 2011 [PDF, 33 kb, 5 pages]

Guideline 2/2010 - Guideline in relation to refusal of an application for assessed disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009, s 20 - 1 July 2010 [PDF, 1.36 MB, 4 pages]

Guideline 3/2010 - Guideline in relation to process of disclosing information under each type of information disclosure - Revised 19 August 2010 [PDF, 3.38 MB, 9 pages]

Guideline 4/2010 - Guideline in relation to searching and locating information - Revised 24 January 2013 [PDF, 136 kb, 6 pages]

The Ombudsman has issued a Guideline in relation to Charges for Information under the Right to Information Act 2009, being Guideline 1/2012.  This Guideline is available from the link below.

Guideline 1/2012 - Guideline in relation to charges for information - 21 April 2012 [PDF, 80 kb, 5 pages]

The Ombudsman has issued a Guideline to assist agencies and applicants in distinguishing between information and a document - when requesting or assessing a request for access to information under the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Personal Information Protection Act 2004. 

Guideline 1/2013 - Distinguishing between information and a document - 30 August 2013 [PDF, 125 kb, 6 pages]

Further Guidelines will be issued in due course.

Manual

The Ombudsman is required by s 49(3) of the RTI Act to issue and maintain a Manual in relation to the operation of the RTI Act. The Manual has been issued and will be revised and improved on a continuous basis.

Right to Information Act 2009 - Ombudsman's Manual - 1 July 2010 [PDF, 632 kb, 86 pages]

Submissions

Submissions are invited in relation to the content of any of the Guidelines, or the Manual. Submissions should be sent to -

Office of the Ombudsman and Health Complaints Commissioner
GPO Box 960
HOBART   TAS   7001

or to ombudsman@ombudsman.tas.gov.au