NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)

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Changes to review of GIPA Act decisions and privacy ​​matters

Announcement - 24 February 2016

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has introduced new procedures for applications about access to government information and privacy matters.

​NCAT's Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division can review decisions made under the:

  • Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act)
  • Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998
  • Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002

Previously, these applications were case managed and heard by the same Tribunal Member through the planning meeting process.

New arrangements​​​

Under the new arrangements, when an application is received it will still be listed for a planning meeting (case conference). The Member will help the parties to identify the issues and then explore the ways in which the dispute may be resolved.

Following the case conference, if the matter is suitable for mediation, it will be listed for mediation by a Tribunal Member or specialist mediator.

After that, applications which require further procedural directions will be listed in a Directions Hearing List to be held every second Tuesday of the month.  A Member who has not conducted the mediation will be allocated to hear the matter.

The changes will encourage early resolution of disputes and shorten the time it takes for the matter to be listed for hearing.

For further information

For further information on how NCAT deals with these types of matters: