For formal assessment under the RTI Act, you will need to make an application for assessed disclosure.
- Department of Communities Tasmania Right to Information Application Form (MS Word)
- Department of Communities Tasmania Right to Information Application Form (PDF)
Applications are to be accompanied by an application fee, unless you are claiming an exemption (see below). This feeis currently $40.50 and is indexed on 1 July of each year in accordance with the Fee Units Act 1997. This is the maximum amount the information will cost you.
The application fee can be paid by cheque or money order made out to the Department Communities Tasmania.
You may apply to have the fee waived if:
- You are in financial hardship - we will request evidence that you are in receipt of Centrelink or Veterans Affairs payments;
- You are a Member of Parliament and the application is in connection with your official duty;
- You are a journalist acting in connection with your professional duties; or
- You are able to demonstrate that you intend to use the information for a purpose that is of general public interest or benefit.
Once your payment has been processed the application fee will not be refunded.
What will we do once we have your application?
We will check your application to make sure we have the information requested and that the application fee is paid or you are eligible for it to be waived. A delegated RTI Officer will then assess your application against the RTI Act and notify you of the outcome as soon as practicable.
If your request is complex or is for a large amount of information we may ask you to grant us more time, or discuss options such as splitting the request and/or releasing information in stages.
If some or all of the information is exempt information, a written decision will set out the reasons along with your rights if you want an independent review of the decision.
If a written decision assessing your request is not issued within the timeframe allowed you are entitled to apply in writing to the Ombudsman for resolution of the matter to GPO Box 960, Hobart Tas 7001, or email email@example.com
If you are requesting your own personal information held by the pubic authority we will request a certified proof of identity
The RTI Act provides that some categories of information held by a public authority should not be released. The types of information that may be withheld from disclosure include:
- Cabinet information
- internal briefing of a Minister
- information relating to the enforcement of the law
- Legal professional privilege
- internal working information
- third party personal information
- information relating to business affairs of a third party
- confidential information
Timeframes for Assessed Disclosure
The RTI Act specifies the timeframe within which the Department must notify an applicant for Assessed Disclosure of the outcome of their request as follows:
- up to 10 working days following receipt of an application to negotiate with the applicant, after which the application is taken to be accepted (s15(2));
- up to 20 working days after an application is accepted to notify an applicant of its decision on an application (s15(1)); and
- up to 20 additional working days to notify an applicant of its decision if it is required to consult one or more third parties under s36 and/or 37 (s15(5)).
The Acceptance Date is the date when the public authority makes a decision waiving or accepting the application fee.
RTI Disclosure Log
The disclosure log contains information disclosed to applicants in response to applications for assessed disclosure.
RTI Act and Regulations
GPO Box 125
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: (03) 6166 3525