Agency Information Guide under the Medical Council's mandatory open access information (section 20 GIPA Act)
AGENCY INFORMATION GUIDE
The new law:
You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW government information on the Office of the Information Commissioner website: www.oic.nsw.gov.au phone: 1800 463 626 or GPO Box 7011, Sydney NSW 2001.
The Medical Council of New South Wales is committed to openness with regard to its information and is a public authority that is required to comply with GIPA obligations.
Details of the Council's structure and functions, and the kind of information it holds and how it may be accessed are contained in this Agency Information Guide.
Council's Agency Information Guide
Our Structure and Functions
Information on the current structure and functions of the Council is available on the Council's website: www.mcnsw.org.au/page/about-us/
The Council and the Health Care Complaints Commission (which is a separate statutory authority to the Council) are jointly responsible as co-regulators for ensuring that mechanisms are provided for assessing and dealing with complaints and notifications about medical practitioners' performance, conduct and health.
What kind of information do we have?
In addition, Council also maintains the following categories of documents:
What kind of information is made available to the public, and how?
Open access information
The Council makes available, free of charge on this website, the following "open access information"
Other pro-actively released information
In addition, the Council pro-actively makes available, free of charge or via this website, a large range of additional information, including the following:
Information available on informal request
A request may be made at any time for other information held by the Council. While the Council reserves the right to require a formal access application to be made, the Council will generally provide the following types of information in response to an informal request, without the need to make formal access application, provided the disclosure meets the requirements of confidentiality provisions that exist in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW).
The Council may release the information in response to an informal request subject to any reasonable conditions that the Council thinks fit to impose.
Information available in response to an access application
An access application may be made for all other information held by the Council (other than certain "excluded information", set out below).
Access applications are subject to application fees and processing charges in accordance with the Governmnent Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
Information that is not available in response to an access application
Some information is excluded information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act, for example the complaint handling and investigative functions conferred by or under any specific Act. A valid access application cannot be made for such information held by the Council.
Although an access application may be made for all other information held by the Council, the Council will not release information if there is an overriding public interest against the disclosure of the information.
Some of the particular information that the Council cannot release in response to an access application includes:
Otherwise, the Council will release information in response to a valid access application, subject to an overriding public interest against that disclosure.
Whenever the Council decides that particular "open access information" should not be publicly available, a record of the decision is made.
The Council's Right to Information Officers (RIOs) are able to assist members of the public to obtain more details about access to government information. RIOs can be contacted via our website www.mcnsw.org.au or by phone 9879 2200.