The Health Education and Training Institute open access information (section 20 GIPA)

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) creates rights to information that are designed to meet community expectations of more open and transparent government and encourages government agencies to proactively release government information.

The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) is committed to openness with regard to its information and is a public authority that is required to comply with GIPA obligations. Under section 7(3) of the GIPA Act HETI proactively reviews and releases the information it holds.

There are four ways that HETI makes information publicly available:

1.    Mandatory Proactive Release

Much of the information held by HETI is publicly available, including these resources :

  • The HETI website. HETI makes available to the public all reports and information that it publishes free of charge. Here you will find information about HETI, its role and functions and contact details.
  • A resource library. Over 455 publications are available to the public.
  • HETI policies which may be of specific interest to the public. As a Statutory Health Corporation, HETI is subject to and adopts the Policy Directives issued by the Ministry of Health. HETI develops local policies and makes relevant ones available to the public. 
  • Register of government contracts. HETI publishes a register of contracts valued at more than $150,000 with private sector bodies. Information includes the name of the contractor and any related company involved in the contract, the start date and duration of the contract, the goods and services to be provided, the amount payable to the contractor, any renegotiation provisions, tender methods if applicable and payment provisions for operational or maintenance services under the contract.
  • Information about HETI contained in any document tabled in Parliament by or on behalf of HETI. Since 2 April 2012, no documents have yet been tabled in Parliament by or on behalf of HETI. Should this occur, HETI will publish links to these documents on this website.
  •  Formal determinations made under the GIPA Act are listed in the Disclosure Log.
  •  Record of information not made publicly available can also be found in the Disclosure Log.  

2.    Authorised Proactive release

You can ask HETI what information it will make available to the public, in addition to the information contained on its website. Under the GIPA Act HETI is encouraged to release as much information as possible, in an appropriate way and at the lowest reasonable cost. Contact HETI for more details.

3.    Informal request

You can request specific information from HETI. HETI will release information without the need for a formal application, unless there are good reasons to require one. A HETI Right to Information Officer is available to help you make a request for information, and can be contacted on (02) 9844 6551 or via email.

4.    Formal application

As information held by HETI is publicly available, access applications under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 should be unnecessary. These applications should be considered a last resort. If you are unable to obtain the information you need in any other way, you can formally request specific information from HETI. In some cases, access to information will require a formal access application. Access applications are subject to application fees and processing charges and copies of the forms are available from the NSW Information and Privacy Commission.

The review and complaints rights of applicants as well as detailed information about the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 are detailed on the NSW Information and Privacy Commission website.

You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW Government information on the Information and Privacy Commission website, or by calling 1800 472 679 between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).