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Annual Report 2014 - 2015

Privacy

Legal Aid NSW continues to manage personal information in accordance with its Privacy Management Plan.

The Plan explains how we manage personal information under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002. We also attended the New South Wales Right to Information and Privacy Practitioners Network Forum to discuss updates and information on recent case law and changes to the legislation.

We did not receive any applications for an internal review during 2014-2015.

Right to Information

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA Act) provides for a regime of open government, encouraging the release of information. We continue to have information about legal aid and other services, including policy documents, available on our website.

We also dealt with formal and informal applications for access to information. In 2014-2015, we received 15 formal applications. There were also a small number of applications for internal or external review of decisions we made about access applications. The details of the applications we dealt with under the GIPA Act are provided in Appendix 8.

Most of the requests we received continue to be from clients seeking access to their own information. We also dealt with a number of applications that raised more complex legal issues, including legal professional privilege.