17-33 – GIPA Annual Reporting Obligations

Category: Circular to CouncilsStatus: Active
Circular Details: 17-33 / 30 October 2017 / A569169Contact: Council Governance Team – 02 4428 4100
Previous Circular: NilAttachments: Nil
Who should read this: General Managers and relevant council staffAction required: Information
PDF Version:Council Circular 17-33 – PDF

What’s new or changing

  • Councils are reminded of the requirement to submit their annual report to thInformation and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) on the council’s bligations under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).

What this will mean for your council

  • Councils are required to submit their annual reports to the IPC by 31 October 2017, in order to meet requirements under section 125 of the GIPA Act and Clause 7 of the GIPA Regulation.

Key points

  • Early submission of reports is encouraged wherever possible to enable the timely preparation of the Information Commissioner’s statutory report to Parliament on the operation of the GIPA Act.
  • All agencies are encouraged to use the IPC GIPA Tool to submit annual GIPA reports even if they choose not to use the GIPA Tool to manage applications. Using the GIPA Tool will help ensure the data reported to Parliament is of high quality and is comprehensive.
  • To assist Councils to use the GIPA Tool to submit their annual GIPA reports, IPC has published two resources:
  1. IPC GIPA Tool Interactive User Manual
  2. Agency guide on annual GIPA reporting for 2016 – 2017

Where to go for further information

Tim Hurst
Acting Chief Executive