Access to Information (GIPA)

Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act)

There are four ways in which information held by the Health Professional Councils Authority is made available.

1. Mandatory release

Much of the information held by the HPCA is already publicly available. The following are current resources you may wish to review:

  • The HPCA website. Here you will find information about the HPCA, its functions and the health profession Councils it supports.
  • Agency Information Guide is published annually, as required by the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC).
  • Disclosure Log is available on the HPCA website. It lists all formal determinations made by the HPCA that it considers will be of interest to others.
  • Government contracts. The HPCA is required by the GIPA Act to record and publish certain information about some contracts with private sector bodies. Part 3, Division 5 of the GIPA Act states that information about contracts worth more than $150,000 between agencies and private sector bodies must be recorded in a register of government contracts.
  • Information tabled in Parliament. Information about the agency contained in any document tabled in Parliament by or on behalf of the agency. The individual Councils supported by the HPCA are independent statutory bodies and are required to produce Annual Reports. The Annual Reports of Previous Boards for preceding years, tabled in Parliament, are available on the HPCA website. Refer to the individual Council websites for their Annual Reports.

2. Proactive release

You can ask the HPCA what information we will make available to the public, in addition to the information contained on our website. Under the GIPA Act, the HPCA is encouraged to release as much information as possible, in an appropriate way and free of charge (or at lowest reasonable cost). Contact the HPCA

3. Informal request

You can request specific information from the HPCA. The HPCA will release information without the need for a formal application, unless there are good reasons to require one. A HPCA staff member is available to assist you in making a request for information and can be contacted on 1300 197 177 or through this website.

4. Formal application

If you have not been able to get the information you need in any other way, you can formally request specific information from the HPCA. In some circumstances, access to information will require a formal access application. A copy of the application form to request information held by the HPCA is available on this website. An access application is subject to a $30 fee and other charges my apply. It is advisable to contact the HPCA to discuss your request prior to making a formal access application.

Access Application Form