This Publication Guide outlines the structure and function of the Attorney
General’s Division (AGD) within the Department of Attorney General and Justice
(DAGJ) and how information held by this Agency may be accessed.
Business Centres within AGD are the points of contact within this Agency for
members of the public to access information. Business Centres are required to
adhere to the principles of access to information contained within this
Publication Guide and can, in addition, develop internal procedures relevant to
their business practices for the proactive and informal release of information.
The release of information through informal channels is encouraged, with
formal applications accepted only in situations where the government
information cannot be released in any other way.
The Government Information Public Access Act (2009) (‘GIPA Act’), falls within
the ministerial responsibility of the Attorney General. The AGD aims to be a
model to other Agencies in its commitment to the objects of the GIPA Act and
principles of open government through the release of information to members of
This Publication Guide has been prepared in accordance with the requirements
of section 20 of the GIPA Act and has been approved by the Office of the
The GIPA Act provides for four forms of release of information, namely,
mandatory, proactive, informal and formal release.
AGD has an ‘Access to Information’ page dedicated to information that is
‘open access’ information under the GIPA Act.
Informal release of information by AGD Business Centres in response to
a request for information is the preferred form of release.
Business Centres are encouraged to release information under the GIPA
Act that may be of interest to members of the public as ‘proactive
Table of Contents
3 Structure of DAGJ
4 Functions of DAGJ
5 Courts and Tribunal Services
6 Crime Prevention and Aboriginal and Community Programs
7 Policy and Legal
8 Client Services
9 Public participation in policy formulation and functions
10 Availability of information
11 11.1 Director General
Open access information
11.2 Business Centre managers
12 11.3 GIPA & Privacy Officer
13 Informal release
15 Accessing information held
16 Contact details for accessing information
17 Document information
18 Document history
This Publication Guide outlines how information held by the AGD may be
accessed and in accordance with section 20 of the GIPA Act:
outlines the structure and function of AGD
describes the ways in which the functions (including decision-making
functions) of AGD affect members of the public
specifies arrangements that exist to enable members of the public to
participate in the formulation of policies within AGD and the exercise of
the Agency’s functions
identifies the various kinds of government information held by AGD
identifies the kinds of government information held by AGD that is
specifies the manner in which AGD makes (or will make) government
information publicly available; and
identifies the kinds of information that are (or will be) made publicly
available free of charge and information for which a charge is (or will be)
The following generic definitions apply:
Applicant means a client or member of the public making a request for
Authorised proactive release means the release of information proactively by
a Government Agency unless there is an overriding public interest against
Business Centre means a Business Centre of the Attorney General’s Division
Attorney General’s Division (DAGJ) refers to the Attorney General’s Division
and excludes Corrective Services NSW and NSW Juvenile Justice. DAGJ does
not include the following offices: NSW Trustee and Guardian, Legal Aid, Office
of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Office of the Attorney General and Office
of the Information Commissioner.
Disclosure log is a record of information released to applicants following a
formal access application made to the AGD. The disclosure log contains an
identifying number, dates when applications are decided, a description of
the information provided and a statement about whether the information is
available to other members of the public.
FOI Act 1989 refers to the Freedom of Information Act 1989
Government information means information contained in a record held by an
Judicial functions means such functions of the court as relate to the hearing or
determination of proceedings before it.
OIC means the Office of the Information Commissioner.
Open access information means an Agency’s current publication guide,
information contained in tabled documents, policy document(s), disclosure log,
register of government contracts, records of open access information not
publicly available and other government information as prescribed by the
Policy document means a document which is current, relates to the exercise
of the Business Centre’s functions and affects (or is likely to affect) a persons’
rights, privileges or other benefits, obligations or other detriments.
Publication guide outlines the structure and function of the AGD and the
way information may be accessed. It also outlines the commitment of the
AGD to provide greater access to information.
Record means any document or other source of information compiled, recorded
or stored in written form or by electronic process, or in any manner or by any
Staff means an employee of a Business Centre, regardless of whether the staff
member’s employment status is permanent, temporary or casual.
3 Structure of DAGJ
As part of the new administrative arrangements for the public sector to support the
NSW Government, the Department of Attorney General and Justice (DAGJ) was
created in April 2011.
The Department of Attorney General and Justice delivers legal, court and
supervision services to the people of New South Wales by:
Managing courts and justice services;
Implementing programs to reduce crime and re-offending;
Managing custodial and community based correctional services;
Protecting rights and community standards;
Advising on law reform and legal matters.
The Department has three divisions (see organisation chart).
The Attorney General’s Division manages court registries and legal jurisdictions,
implements crime prevention programs, supports crime victims, and provides
research, legal and policy advice to the Government and the community.
Corrective Services NSW provides custodial and community correctional services,
conducts programs to reduce the risk of re-offending, supports sentencing and
releasing authorities, and supplies security at courts.
Juvenile Justice is responsible for administering youth justice conferences and for
supervising young people who receive community-based orders or custodial
sentences from the courts.
The Department is also the principal agency for the Justice Cluster, and plays a role
in facilitating cooperative working arrangements with all agencies within the Cluster
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP)
Legal Aid NSW
Information and Privacy Commission (IPC)
Judicial Commission of NSW
Ministry for Police and Emergency Services
New South Wales Crime Commission
New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES)
Rural Fire Service
Fire and Rescue NSW
NSW Police Force
4 Structure of Attorney General’s Division
The Attorney General’s Division (AGD) is divided into key program areas.
These areas are as follows:
Courts and Tribunal Services
Crime Prevention and Aboriginal and Community Programs
Policy and Legal Services
Each key program area is comprised of Business Centres with a specific
function. There are more than forty (40) Business Centres within AGD each with
a separate function and purpose.
The responsibility for the release of information under the GIPA Act has been
delegated to each Business Centre Manager. The delegations are attached as
an appendix to this document.
5 Functions of Attorney General’s Division
AGD assists the NSW Government, Judiciary, Parliament and the community to
promote social harmony through programs that protect rights and community
standards and reduce crime.
AGD works towards ensuring: access to justice services, laws which support the
community; the provision of legal representation, policy, professional and regulatory
services and a just and safe society through courts and tribunals, laws, community
programs and legal services.
AGD assists the NSW Attorney General as the First Law Officer of the State by
providing support services for the Attorney’s legislative and advisory responsibilities
to Parliament and the Cabinet. AGD is also responsible for providing advice to the
NSW Government on legal, constitutional and policy issues.
6 Courts and Tribunal Services
Courts and Tribunal Services is responsible for the management and support of
court and tribunal registries. The courts and tribunals are managed by registrars and
presided over by independent judges and magistrates.
The following courts and tribunals make up Courts and Tribunal Services:
The Administrative Decisions Tribunal: reviews specific administrative
decisions of NSW Government agencies, resolves discrimination claims and
retail lease disputes and exercises disciplinary and regulatory functions over
a range of professional and occupational groups.
The District Court deals with serious offences committed and hears most
appeals from the Local Court. Criminal (and some civil) trials are heard by a
judge and usually a jury. In its civil jurisdiction, it hears monetary, damages
and equity claims for up to $750,000 and applications for property
settlements and motor vehicle accident personal injury claims. District Court
judges also support the following jurisdictions- Drug Court and the Dust
The Drug Court (Adult Drug Court and Youth Drug Court deals with non
violent offenders who have committed drug-related crimes. The court
combines intensive judicial supervision, drug treatment and case
management for offenders who are dependent on drugs. It has Local Court
and District Court jurisdiction.
The Dust Diseases Tribunal hears claims for damages by those who have
been affected by dust diseases, including diseases caused by asbestos
exposure. It also hears cross-claims and insurance-related disputes.
The Industrial Relations Commission and Industrial Court resolves
serious workplace disputes, sets conditions of employment, creates
industrial awards, approves enterprise agreements and decides on claims of
unfair dismissal (also responsible for the Transport Appeals Board)
The Land and Environment Court has a specialist jurisdiction in relation to
environmental law. It deals with a range of civil proceedings including merit
appeals, civil enforcement and judicial review. The court also has summary
and appellate criminal jurisdiction in relation to environmental offences.
Local Courts: The majority of criminal and civil proceedings in NSW
commence in the Local Court jurisdiction. Local Courts have jurisdiction to
deal with summary and committal proceedings in criminal matters, civil
actions involving claims of up to $60 000 and a range of other matters such
as mental health inquiries, applications for apprehended violence orders,
traffic and other minor offences. The Local Courts’ jurisdiction includes the
Coroner’s Court and the Children’s Court
The Coroner’s Court investigates deaths, suspected deaths, fires and
explosions, which are reported under the Coroner’s Act. Coroners determine
the manner and cause of death or the circumstances of the fire or explosion,
and may make recommendations for preventing similar incidents
The Children’s Court deals with matters relating to the care and protection
of children and young people, and also criminal cases concerning children
and young people. It deals with young people who are under 18 years, or
who were under 18 years at the time of the alleged offence. The State’s
Children’s Court Clinic is located within the courthouse at Parramatta.
Supreme Court: The role of the Supreme Court is to hear the most serious
criminal matters and a range of civil matters. The court has unlimited
jurisdiction in civil disputes and plays an important supervisory role in the
NSW court system through its criminal and civil appellate jurisdictions.
The Guardianship Tribunal is a legal tribunal established under the
Guardianship Act 1987. The Tribunal has a key role in the protection and
empowerment of people living with a decision-making disability. It exercises
a protective jurisdiction and facilitates substitute decision making by hearing
and determining applications for the appointment of guardians and financial
managers for adults with decision-making disabilities. A separate
Publication Guide is submitted by the Guardianship Tribunal in the 2011
The following services provide support to Courts and Tribunals:
Alternative Dispute Resolution Directorate: coordinates, manages and
drives alternative dispute resolution policy, strategy and expansion of
services in NSW. The Directorate incorporates the AGD Community Justice
Centre, which provide free mediation services to assist members of the
public to resolve their disputes without going to court.
Library Services: provide access to authoritative information for the
judiciary, barristers and solicitors, court and AGD staff, as well as the NSW-
based Federal Court.
Office of the Sheriff of NSW: provides security and court support to the
State’s Courts and Tribunals under the Sheriff Act 2005 and Court Security
Act 2005. The Sheriff enforces judgments and orders issued out of State
Courts and Tribunals, Federal and Family Law Courts and matters under
foreign convention agreements in accordance with the Civil Procedure Act
2005, Fines Act 1996 and related Federal and Family Law Acts. It also
manages the Jury Service in accordance with the Jury Act 1977.
Reporting Services Branch: accurately records Court and Tribunal
proceedings and produces timely and cost effective transcripts for
participants and judges in NSW Courts and Tribunals.
7 Crime Prevention and Aboriginal and
The Crime Prevention and Aboriginal and Community Programs Division aims to
reduce crime and forge strong and productive partnerships with government and
The Aboriginal Programs Unit manages a number of significant programs
such as Circle Sentencing and Aboriginal Community Justice Groups and
supports managers and staff in the AGD to improve the provision of services
to Aboriginal people.
The Anti-Discrimination Board promotes anti-discrimination and equal
opportunity principles and policies throughout NSW. The Board handles
complaints of discrimination, provides community and private sector
education and advice to government.
The Crime Prevention Division aims to prevent and reduce crime in NSW.
It does this by leading the development of evidence-based policies and
crime reduction programs, working in partnership with communities,
government and non-government agencies, business and other service
Diversity Services coordinates the implementation of the AGD Disability
Strategic Plan and the Culturally Diverse Committee’s Access Plan. The Unit
provides leadership and advice to the AGD and to other justice sector
agencies on how to provide equity for people with a disability and for people
from culturally and linguistically diverse communities within the justice
Victims Services is comprised of three key areas, namely, the Victims
Compensation Tribunal (VCT) which offers compensation and counselling
and recovers monies paid in compensation from convicted offenders; the
Victims of Crime Bureau (VCB) which provides support and referral services
for victims of crime; and the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit
(FFMPU) which co-ordinates support to families. Victims Services also
provides secretariat support to the Victims Advisory Board, which provides
advice to the Attorney General about the needs of victims of crime.
8 Policy and Legal
The Policy and Legal Area maintains and improves the legislative and regulatory
basis for a just and safe society. This includes developing legal policy and
legislation; advising government on law, justice and legal reform; collecting,
analysing and disseminating statistical crime information to build a strong
evidentiary basis for criminal justice policy and programs and delivering legislative
services fairly and justly.
The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is the official
source of NSW crime statistics. BOCSAR conducts research into crime and
criminal justice and evaluates initiatives designed to reduce crime and re-
The Community Relations Unit assists members of the public in their
dealings with the AGD. It provides a complaints-review function, manages
correspondence on behalf of the Attorney General and Director General,
administers the appointment of Justices of the Peace and processes
selected legal applications.
The DNA Review Panel provides a review mechanism for convicted people
seeking to have aspects of their conviction reinvestigated on the basis that
DNA evidence may assist their claim of innocence.
The NSW Law Reform Commission is an independent statutory authority
established to reform, simplify and modernise the law in NSW. It provides
independent specialist policy advice to the Attorney General. The majority of
the Commission’s work is undertaken at the request of the Attorney General.
The Legal Representation Office provides legal advice and representation
to people summonsed to appear before the Police Integrity Commission
(PIC) and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and
Special Commissions of Inquiry.
The Legal Services Branch provides legal management services to the
Attorney General and the AGD to ensure that the common law and statutory
powers of the Attorney General are exercised in accordance with the law.
The Branch also receives and determines formal GIPA Act applications.
Legislation, Policy and Criminal Law Review is responsible for supporting
the Attorney General in Parliament with the implementation of the Attorney
General’s legislative program. The Unit advises the Attorney General,
Director General, courts, tribunals and government agencies on legal policy
and legislative reform.
The Legal Profession Admission Board is responsible for approving the
admission of lawyers and for the appointment of public notaries. It assesses
and accredits academic and practical training courses in law provided by
universities and colleges. It also registers and assesses students for a
Diploma in Law, which offers an affordable pathway into the profession, and
assesses the qualifications of overseas applicants.
Privacy NSW, the Office for the NSW Privacy Commissioner, provides
privacy advice, responds to privacy related complaints from members of the
public, and administers the application of the Privacy and Personal
Information Protection Act 1998 and the Health Records and Information
Privacy Act 2002.
The Professional Standards Council of NSW is an independent statutory
body established and administered under the Professional Standards Act
1994. The Council monitors and approves Cover of Excellence® schemes
which require participating occupational associations to put in place
strategies to improve professional standards and protect consumers.
The AGD funds the NSW Public Defenders Office which provides salaried
barristers, independent of the government, to appear for clients who are
charged with serious criminal offences and who have been granted legal
assistance by the NSW Legal Aid Commission, the Aboriginal Legal Service
(NSW/ACT) or a community legal centre.
The NSW Sentencing Council is an independent public body established to
consult with and advise the Attorney General on sentencing issues. It
monitors and researches sentencing trends and practices. Council members
include people involved in the process of justice ranging from victims of
crime to legal professionals.
9 Client Services
This area of the Attorney General’s Division focuses on providing legal and other
business services as well as protecting the interests and rights of people with
The NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages registers NSW life
events accurately and securely, ensuring their integrity and confidentiality.
This includes the registration of births, deaths and marriages and official
changes of name and sex. The Registry administers the Births, Deaths and
Marriages Regulation Act 1995 and the Marriage Act 1961 (Commonwealth)
for the State. The Registry also provides data for planning and research to
the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Bureau of
Law Access NSW is a free legal service that provides legal information,
advice and referrals for people who have a legal problem in NSW. Law
Access is a partnership between the NSW DAGJ, Legal Aid NSW, the Law
Society of New South Wales, the NSW Bar Association and Community
Legal Centres in NSW.
Legal Services Coordination (LSC) is responsible for developing and
promoting the implementation of legal services policy across the NSW
Government. LSC coordinates the NSW Legal Managers Forum to
encourage consistency in the management of legal services across
Government. It also assists NSW Government agencies to purchase best
value for money legal services.
The Office of the Legal Services Commissioner (OLSC) receives
complaints about solicitors and barristers in NSW. The OLSC works
together with the Law Society of New South Wales and the NSW Bar
Association to resolve disputes and investigate complaints about
professional conduct. The aim of the OLSC is to improve customer
satisfaction with legal services.
The Crown Solicitor’s Office provides legal services to the NSW
Government. The Crown Solicitor is engaged by Government Agencies to
perform tied legal services (core work) in matters which have implications for
Government beyond individual Minister’s portfolio, involve the constitutional
powers and privileges of the State and/or Commonwealth, raise issues
which are fundamental to the responsibilities of Government and relate to
matters falling within the Attorney General’s area of responsibility.
NSW Trustee and Guardian (NSWTG) is a NSW Government agency that
provides will-making, estate administration, executor services, trust
management, power of attorney management and financial management
services to the people of NSW. NSWTG is legally appointed to protect and
administer the financial affairs and property of people unable to make
financial decisions for themselves where there is no other suitable person
willing to assist the person.
NSW Public Guardian is a statutory official who can be appointed by the
NSW Guardianship Tribunal to be the guardian of a person (16 years and
over) with a disability when there is no other person suitable or able to be
the guardian. The Public Guardian makes health and welfare decisions for
people who have a decision making incapacity.
10 Public Participation in policy formulation and
Business Centres within the AGD may, on occasion, provide an opportunity for
members of the public to make submissions on discussion papers, blueprints and
reports. In instances where submissions are sought, information on public
participation is outlined on the individual Business Centre website.
Members of the public may provide feedback on the functions and policies of the
AGD. In particular, feedback may be given about:
the quality of the service received from AGD staff
the conduct of AGD staff
a decision made by a Business Centre of the AGD
a policy or procedure of the AGD
Feedback should be directed to the staff member concerned, or the staff member’s
supervisor. Feedback can be in the form of a letter, email or fax or may be provided
over the telephone, or over the counter. Contact information for each area of the
AGD is available on the AGD web page
An online feedback form is available for providing written feedback regarding
Business Centres within AGD. This form may be accessed at the following link:
Where a complaint is considered serious or complex, it is generally best to put it in
If a member of the public is unsure of whom to speak to about their feedback, or if
the process of making a complaint is unclear, the Community Relations Unit may
be contacted. This Unit refers members of the public to the appropriate area, and
answers questions about the complaint process.
Staff of the Attorney General’s Division cannot:
review a decision made by a Court or Tribunal. Neither the Attorney General
nor the Attorney General’s Division have the power to overturn a decision of
a Court or Tribunal. If a member of the public is dissatisfied with a decision
of a Court or Tribunal, advice from an independent legal adviser should be
sought about appeal options. Registry staff in Courts and Tribunals can
explain appeal procedures but Registry staff cannot provide legal advice or
recommend what action should be taken. If a referral to a lawyer or other
legal information and assistance is required, contact can also be made with
Law Access NSW.
investigate the conduct of a judge or magistrate.
The Judicial Commission of NSW receives complaints about judicial officers.
More information is available on the Commission’s website at
review a decision of a independent statutory authority such as the Office of
the Legal Services Commissioner, the Legal Aid Commission, or the Director
of Public Prosecutions. However information may be requested from these
authorities to assist in explaining the decision made.
investigate the quality of service, decisions, policies and procedures of
agencies which are not part of the NSW Department of Justice and Attorney
11 Availability of information
The GIPA Act 2009 was enacted to maintain and advance a system of responsible
and representative democratic Government that is open, accountable, fair and
effective by making government information available to the public in the following
(1) authorising and encouraging the proactive release of government
information by agencies
(2) giving members of the public an enforceable right to access government
(3) providing that access to government information is restricted only when
there is an overriding public interest against disclosure (section 3 of the
To ensure these objects are met, the GIPA Act 2009 provides for the following ways
in which information may be released:
Mandatory open access
Informal release; and
Formal release of information
12 Open access information
Open access information is publicly available information (as provided for in
sections 6 and 18 of the GIPA Act) held by AGD. All open access information is
available under the ‘Access to Information’ tab in Lawlink at
and appears under each Business Centre title. This information is free of charge
and includes the following:
the publication guide
disclosure log of access applications
records of information that are not publicly available
government contracts registers.
Open access information also includes the following (as prescribed by Schedule 1
of the Government Information (Public Access) Amendment Regulation 2010):
a list of the AGD’s major assets, other than land holdings, appropriately
classified and highlighting major acquisitions during the previous financial
the total number and total value of properties disposed of by the AGD during
the previous financial year
the AGD guarantee of service
the AGD code of conduct
Open access information may be accessed by clicking on the ‘Access to
Information’ link on LawLink
under the tab ‘Access to Information’. Each Business Centre within AGD has its
open access information available on its websites.
13 Proactive release information
The proactive release of information is a discretionary power to release information
in any manner considered appropriate, free of charge or at the lowest reasonable
cost (sections 7 & 72 of the GIPA Act).
AGD encourages Business Centres to release newly published information, which
may be of interest to the public.
Information which may be released in this way includes (and is not limited to):
and any other information which may be of interest to the public.
All Business Centres are required to provide a list of ‘proactive release’ information
to the GIPA & Privacy Officer on an annual basis. In turn, the Officer, in accordance
with section 7(3) is required to report on the proactive release of information.
Information released as ‘proactive release’ information is available on individual
Business Centre websites.
14 Informal release
Previously under the FOI Act 1989 applicants were required to make a formal
application if they required access to documents. The GIPA Act authorises the
release of government information in response to an informal request unless there
is an overriding public interest against disclosure (section 8 of the GIPA Act).
Generally, the following information may be released informally:
Copies of correspondence sent to the AGD if the applicant is the person who
sent the information
Records that contain only the personal information of the individual
requesting the record
Records that are in the public domain
Other records, the release of which would not involve an overriding public
interest against disclosure or raise any potential public interest
considerations against disclosure.
This form of release does not require a fee or an application form. Information may
be released with deletions, released subject to reasonable conditions, or released in
a preferred form.
14 Formal release
A person who makes an access application to access government information has a
legally enforceable right to be provided with access to the information sought unless
there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information (section 9
GIPA Act 2009).
The AGD encourages Business Centres to handle requests for information on an
informal basis. Formal applications should be a last resort and where the
information sought is more complex, large in scope requiring consultation.
All formal applications should be made to the GIPA & Privacy Officer:
GIPA & Privacy Officer
Legal Services Branch
GPO Box 6
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Telephone number: (02) 8224 5350
Applications are acknowledged within five (5) days of receipt as required by the
GIPA Act 2009.
When a formal application has been decided and an applicant is notified of this
decision, review rights exist if an applicant is dissatisfied with the outcome under the
GIPA Act 2009 (section 82 of the GIPA Act).
15 Accessing information held
Type of Who to ask How to ask Lawlink Are there any
information Webpage restrictions?
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1300 888 NSW cannot represent
529 you in legal
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Records the Court or by mail, fax Tribunals index categorised as
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where the the relevant Quick links access’ or
matter was court or Local Courts ‘restricted access’
heard tribunal District Court under new Court
Supreme Court Information Act
2011 (yet to
permitted only by
leave of the court
or by regulations.
entitled to some
unless the court
records are held
by the Family
Court of Australia
Transcripts or Registrar of By order Daily Court Access to
sound recordings the Court or form from and Tribunal information is
of court or tribunal Tribunal Court or Transcripts usually restricted
proceedings where the Tribunal or to those
matter was RSB Client individuals
heard, or Services directly involved
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family) will be
Not all recordings
Information about NSW Trustee In writing – NSW Trustee Confidentiality
trustee services, & Guardian by mail or and privacy rules
wills, executor fax & Guardian apply to most
trustees, Power of records.
Birth, Death and BDM Registry Application Registry of Confidentiality
Marriage records Office - form in Births, Deaths and privacy rules
in NSW Sydney, person, or & Marriages apply to most
Wollongong by fax or records.
or Newcastle mail Fees apply for
Complaint The President By Anti- Secrecy
handling, of the Anti- telephone or Discrimination provisions
investigative and Discrimination in writing by Board of New concerning the
reporting functions Board of New mail, fax or South Wales affairs of any
in relation to the South Wales email person that is or
complaint has been
obtained by the
relevant people in
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and privacy rules
apply to complaint
relation to a
complaint that is
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by the President.
Victims Services: Director, By Victims Confidentiality
support Victims telephone or Services and privacy rules
compensation Services in writing by apply to most
missing persons mail, fax or records.
Criminal Statistics Bureau of In writing – Bureau of Certain statistics
Crime by mail, fax Crime available free of
Statistics and or email Statistics and charge
Research Research Fees apply for
Attorney General’s The By LawLink The AGD may
Dvision of the respective telephone or agencies charge a fee for
Department of Business in writing by some
Attorney General Centre mail, fax or LSB publications.
and Justice: directly, or email Check with the
Policies Guidelines Legal relevant Business
and other Services Centre or with the
Publications Branch (LSB) GIPA Officer,
('Open Access Legal Services
Information') Branch (LSB)
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held respective telephone, access your
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directly, or confidential
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Branch (LSB) General’s
required inly if
Coroner’s Court Office of the In writing- by Coroner's Requests to be
records NSW State mail, fax or Court made in writing
Coroner email to the and proof of
Office of the identity may be
NSW State requested for
Coroner family members.
Information held by other Agencies
Type of Who to ask How to ask Webpage Are there any
Your criminal NSW Police Complete www.police.nsw.gov.au Please contact
record application NSW Police for
form & return information
Police Incident NSW Police Complete www.police.nsw.gov.au Please contact
Report or application NSW Police for
C.O.P.S. form & return information
Report by mail
Driving licence Roads & www.rta.nsw.gov.au Please contact the
and vehicle Traffic RTA for information
Interpreting Community By telephone www.crc.nsw.gov.au Please contact the
Services – Relations 1300 651 CRC for information
translating Commission 500
documents (CRC) or by fax,
mail or email
16 Contact details for accessing information
Open access information may be accessed by going to the ‘Access to Information’
ex or by contacting the individual Business Centres.
All other information should be sought directly from individual Business Centres.
When making a formal application under the GIPA Act, an applicant is required to
complete an application form and attach a payment of $30.00. A 50% reduction in
fees may apply in circumstances where an applicant is suffering financial hardship
as provided for in section 65. This application should be addressed to:
GIPA & Privacy Officer
Legal Services Branch
GPO Box 6
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Telephone number: (02) 8224 5350
Further information regarding access to government information may be obtained
from the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC):
Mail GPO Box 7011, Sydney NSW 2001
Visit level 11, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Call 1800 INFOCOM (1800463 626) between 9am to 5pm Mon- Fri
(excluding public holidays)
POSITION HOLDERS IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT
WITH DELEGATED FUNCTIONS UNDER THE
Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009
Director, Asset Management Branch
Manager, Communications Unit
Director, Community Relations Unit
Chief Financial Officer and Director Human Resources
Director, Information Services Branch
Director, Community Justice Centres
Manager, Coronial Services
Registrar, Administrative Decisions Tribunal’
Director, Court Services (Local and District Courts)
Registrar, Dust Diseases Tribunal
Registrar, Industrial Relations Commission of NSW
Registrar, Land and Environment Court
Director, Library Services
Director, Reporting Services Branch
Principal Registrar, Supreme Court of NSW
Assistant Director General, Crime Prevention and Community
Manager, Diversity Services
Director, Victims Services
Director, Law Access
Director, Legal Management Services
Legal Services Commissioner
Director, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Director, Legislation and Policy and Criminal Law Review Division
Executive Director, NSW Law Reform Commission
Director, Legal Services Branch
Executive Officer, Legal Profession Admission Board
Commissioner, Privacy NSW
Executive Officer, Professional Standards Council
Chambers Manager, Public Defenders Office
Executive Officer, Sentencing Council
Registrar, NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages
President, Anti-Discrimination Board
17 Document Information
Title: Publication Guide
Business Centre: Legal Services Branch
Author: Lida Kaban, Legal Services Branch
Approver: Laurie Glanfield, Director General
Date of Effect: 31 July 2011
Next Review Date: 31 July 2012
Key Words: GIPA, publication guide, government information, informal release
18 Document History
Version Date Reason for Amendment
1.0 Approved for issue.