*NEW Right to Information Disclosure
On 9 June 2015 the Premier announced that from this date all agencies will publish certain information released in response to Right to Information requests online within 48 hours of the information being sent to the applicant. This will only apply to information released that is considered to be in the public interest, not requests for personal information.
The RTI disclosure log can be accessed here.
What is the Right to information?
The Right to Information Act 2009 commenced on 1 July 2010 and provides for greater access to information held by government bodies by:
The Department of Treasury and Finance is a public authority.
Section 3 of the Act outlines the statement of the objects of the Act:
(1) The object of this Act is to improve democratic government in Tasmania –
(a) by increasing the accountability of the executive to the people of Tasmania; and
(b) by increasing the ability of the people of Tasmania to participate in their governance; and
(c) by acknowledging that information collected by public authorities is collected for and on behalf of the people of Tasmania and is the property of the State.
(2) This object is to be pursued by giving members of the public the right to obtain information held by public authorities and Ministers.
(3) This object is also to be pursued by giving members of the public the right to obtain information about the operations of Government.
(4) It is the intention of Parliament –
(a) that this Act be interpreted so as to further the object set out in subsection (1); and
(b) that discretions conferred by this Act be exercised so as to facilitate and promote, promptly and at the lowest reasonable cost, the provision of the maximum amount of official information.
How do I get access to information?
The Department is required by the Right to Information Act 2009 to make information available to the public through proactive disclosure. This means we are to routinely make information available which will assist the public in understanding what it is we do and how we do it.
This is may be done via our website, through publications (e.g. fact sheets, or discussion papers), via reports (e.g. our Annual Report) etc.
Some information is not released in this way, either because it is not of general public interest or because it is information that the Department would need to assess against the exemptions in the Right to Information Act 2009 prior to disclosure.
If you cannot find the information via one of the means below contact the Department and we may be able to assist you in finding it or we may give it to you. If it is not freely available we will assist you to make an application for an assessed disclosure.
You may find information from the Department of Treasury and Finance in one of the following ways:
Direct from the Department of Treasury and Finance:
Search the Treasury website
Via Tasmania Online:
Through the Service tasmania network:
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A form to assist in making an application for assessed disclosure is also available.
If the application or part of the application is refused, then the reasons for the refusal to provide the information will be provided as part of the decision together with details on your right to seek a review of the decision.
A request to review a decision should be done in writing and addressed to:
Right to Information
Department of Treasury and Finance
GPO Box 147
HOBART TAS 7001
RTI Information Disclosure Policy and Procedures
The Department’s Information Disclosure Policy and Principles document has been developed in accordance with section 23 of the Act and outlines the policy and principles that are followed by all officers within the Department of Treasury and Finance to ensure a consistent and sound approach in relation to the disclosure of information.
Right to Information Manual and Guidelines
The Manual and Guidelines will provide you with more detail on making requests under the RTI Act and how they are processed by the agency to which the request is sent.
These are available on the Office of the Ombudsman’s website.
Related Acts and Regulations
You can view, download and print the following Acts and Regulations made available by the Tasmanian Legislation Online website.
Right to Information Act 2009
Right to Information Regulations 2010