Access to information

As an independent agency, the Commission aims to be a role model of good governance, especially in being transparent and accountable.

We make available from this website comprehensive information on our functions, including all our reports to Government, policy and planning documents, research reports, brochures, fact sheets. We also consult with stakeholders and members of the public to draw on the best available knowledge so that we perform our work to the highest standard.

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPA Act) encourages proactive public release of government information by agencies, unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of that information.

The following information relates to our obligations under the GIPA Act:

  • an agency information guide
  • information about the agency contained in any document tabled in Parliament by or on behalf of the agency
  • policy documents
  • a disclosure log of access applications
  • a government contracts register.

Agency information guide

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (Division 2) requires each agency to prepare an agency information guide. The Commission's agency information guide describes who we are, what we do and how members of the public can access government information held by us.

Our structure and functions

The Commission provides credible, high quality independent advice to the NSW Government on managing natural resources and related issues to improve productivity, conservation and community well-being across the state, in line with the Natural Resources Commission Act 2003 (the NRC Act).

We report to the Premier, reflecting our independent nature. The NRC Act requires all our reports to be made publicly available within a reasonable time after they have been provided to Government.

Government information we have

We have the following types of government information:

  • planning documents such as strategic plans
  • policy documents such as code of conduct, governance policy
  • documents providing advice to Government such as audit reports, forest assessment reports, and reports on evaluation of Government initiatives and trials
  • documents relating to internal administration of the Commission
  • general documents such as annual reports and research reports.

Government information publicly available

We make the following open access information publicly available on our website, as required by the GIPA Act:

  • documents tabled in Parliament: e.g. annual report
  • policy documents: e.g. governance policy
  • disclosure log
  • government contracts register.

We proactively make certain other types of government information publicly available in the publications section of our website, such as:

  • reports to Government
  • research reports
  • factsheets and guidelines.

Government information available on request

Informal request

As a general rule, we will provide the following types of government information in response to an informal request:

  • copies of correspondence sent to us by you
  • copies of documents that have already been made public
  • copies of documents the release of which would not raise any potential concerns in terms of public interest considerations against disclosure.

We may impose conditions on the use or disclosure of information that is released in response to an informal request.

Formal access application

An access application can be made for any other type of government information we have except information for which there is an overriding public interest against disclosure (Schedule 1), and information categorised as ‘excluded information’ (Schedule 2) in accordance with the GIPA Act).

Address for mailing access applications:

Natural Resources Commission
GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001

Access applications are subject to application fees and processing charges in accordance with the GIPA Act.

Further information

Contact the Natural Resources Commission.

Further information on the GIPA Act is also available on the Information and Privacy Commissioner website.

Documents tabled in Parliament

The most recent document tabled in Parliament:
Annual Report 2015-16

Annual reports of previous years are available from the publications section.

No other documents have been tabled in Parliament by or on behalf of the Natural Resources Commission.

Disclosure log

The disclosure log records a summary of information the Commission has released in response to formal access applications, pursuant to Division 4 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

Date application Description of information provided Whether information is available to access now How it can be accessed
18 March 2010 Notes from the Silviculture Workshop on the assessment of river red gum forests (Documents D09/3839 and D09/3840) Yes Contact Right to Information Officer

Register of government contracts

All of the Commission's contracts with the private sector valued over $150,000 are required to be recorded in the register of government contracts, which is published on the Government's eTendering website.

The details of each contract is entered into the register of government contracts within 45 working days of the contract coming into effect, and remain on the register for 20 working days or until the contract is complete, whichever is longer.