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How to make an RTI application

Applications for the Department of Premier and Cabinet are to be addressed to:

Right to Information
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 123
Hobart  TAS 7001

Or email: righttoinformation@dpac.tas.gov.au

A form to assist in making an application is available:

About the application process

  • Applications for information need to be made to the department, authority or council holding the relevant information or most closely linked to the information. A webpage like this one is available for most other public authorities.
  • If you are not using the form, please note that your applications must be made in writing and include the information that is requested in the form - this is a requirement of regulation 4 of the Right to Information Regulations 2010.
  • Applications are to be accompanied by the application fee. This fee is 25 fee units, which currently equates to $38.75 as at 1 July 2017 and is indexed annually.
  • You may apply to have the fee waived if:
    • you are in financial hardship - we take that to mean that you are on income support payments (we would usually ask to see 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 able to gives us information showing that  the information sought is intended to be used for a purpose that is of general public interest or benefit.
  • Make sure you have looked for the information before you make a formal application, because if the information is otherwise available your application may be refused without the return of your application fee.

Right to Information manual and guidelines

A manual and guidelines published by the Ombudsman provide more detail on making requests under the Act and how they are processed by the agency to which the request is sent.