Government Information Public Access (GIPA)

Assurance Services manages requests made under the Government Information Public Access (GIPA) Act and can provide advice as to whether information can be released informally or proactively.

Under the Act, Assurance Services is required to assess, and therefore access, all university records relating to a formal request and apply the public interest test.

In managing a formal request for information, the University Complaints & Information Officer may:

  • Request advice from business areas regarding the information.
  • Consult formally with individuals – for example, this is likely to happen in cases where the information contains personal information or the business information of an external party.
  • Make observations on areas for improvement identified by the process and convey these to the relevant university officer.


For more information on GIPA at the University of Newcastle please see: