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Members of the public can access a range of information created or maintained by the NSW Food Authority.

Some is already published and other information may be available on request.

Details of what is available and how to ask for it include:

Public registers

The Food Authority must publish certain regulatory information and lists it collects and maintains under the Food Act.

See lists and registers.

Personal and health records

The Food Authority is required by law to keep details of food complaints and food businesses which can result in records that include personal details such as:

  • names
  • addresses
  • contacts
  • illnesses
  • other details that make it possible to identify specific people.  

See access to personal information.

General access to government information (GIPA)

The NSW Government has replaced the Freedom of Information Act with a law that:

  • creates new rights to information designed to meet community expectations of more open and transparent government
  • encourages government agencies to proactively release government information.

It covers policies, reports, certain contracts and a range of other documents.

See general access to information.

Legal proceedings

The Food Authority sometimes publishes public notices on various matters including during public consultations for changes to NSW food law. Notes are generally placed in major newspapers or the Government Gazette.

The Food Authority does not routinely disclose information about complaints or investigations. Some legal proceedings, however, allow discovery of certain information by the parties or mean that information goes into the public domain. 

See Lawlink NSW court and tribunal transcripts.

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