From July 1, 2010 the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) has replace the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW).
This legislation promotes openness, accountability and transparency and will make government agencies more proactive in providing information to the public.
The New South Wales Office of the Information Commissioner is working with State and local government agencies to assist them to prepare for the introduction of these reforms.
The OIC website features a comprehensive library of information, advice, templates and presentations to assist agencies and members of the public in understanding and delivering the right to information system.
The website is designed to support both those seeking information and those providing the information. As the work of the OIC progresses, the site will also provide regular updates on activities such as training, reviews conducted, complaints lodged, and decisions made.
The OIC can be contacted via email at
or free call 1800 INFOCOM (1800 463 626) to register for future email alerts or to lodge a question, request or suggestion. Alternatively, you may visit their office at Level 11, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
What information can I access?
The Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority (SMCMA) policy is to be transparent and accessible and the public has a right to access most information held by SMCMA as long as it does not infringe privacy laws, or other laws, or may be detrimental to any person or the environment.
In most cases SMCMA publishes its knowledge products/documents on the website, if not in total, in summary or in lists. (To view this list of documents held by SMCMA click here)
View Projects and Reports
List of contracts 2008-09/2009-2010/2010-2011 & List of contracts over $150,000
Summary of what SMCMA does
The SMCMA is a NSW Government agency working to meet community expectations by delivering natural resource management across Sydney. Natural resources include land, rivers, estuaries and coastal systems. The SMCMA meets its government and legislative expectations by implementing the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Action Plan. This is a strategic planning tool that identifies the key natural resource features the Sydney community wants to protect and improve.
SMCMA Vision Statement: "Community growth reconciled with nature: An urban community that thrives within a valued natural landscape
Effect of functions on members of the public
SMCMA has a direct effect on the public by engaging with and entering partnerships and agreements with individual landholders, groups, industry organisations and businesses throughout the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment.
Categories of documents held by SMCMA
The categories of documents held include:
* policy documents and correspondence including memorandum and circulars
* documents on internal administration of SMCMA
* policy and planning documents which assist SMCMA.
To view a full list of these internal operational documents click here