The public has a right to access government information, unless there is an overriding public interest against its release. This is an enforceable right, detailed in the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).

Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009

The GIPA Act establishes a proactive, open approach to gaining access to government information in NSW.

The GIPA Act:

  • authorises and encourages the proactive release of information
  • gives members of the public a legally enforceable right to access government information
  • ensures that access to government information is restricted only when there is an overriding public interest against releasing that information

Museums of History NSW facilitates access to information under the GIPA Act in the following ways:

Application fees and processing charges

The application fee for making an access application is $30. Processing charges can also be imposed at the rate of $30 per hour. In some circumstances an advance fee may be required. A governance representative will let you know in writing if that applies to your application.

Certain discounts may apply, including on financial hardship and public interest grounds. For more details see the Information and Privacy Commission website.

Submission instructions

You may submit a formal GIPA application by downloading and completing this form:

And by sending it via email to or by post to:

Governance Team
Museums of History NSW
The Mint
10 Macquarie Street

Assistance with access to information

If you have any questions regarding access to MHNSW information or if you require advice and assistance, please contact Governance.

External resources

For more information and resources around the GIPA Act please contact the Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC):

Phone: 1800 472 679