RLC Factsheets: Accessing information from NSW Police via GIPA

This factsheet series explains your right to access information from NSW Police, the application process, documents you can seek, time limits and appeals.

There two types of information you can request from NSW Police under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW):

  • Personal information. You have a right to access information that NSW Police hold about you (and incidents involving you).
  • General information. This may include statistics, police policy and procedure documents. If you have been charged with a criminal offence, talk to a criminal lawyer about how to access information about the offence from NSW Police. 

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, talk to a criminal lawyer about how to access information about the offence from NSW Police. 

For more information, download Factsheet No. 12 Accessing Information from NSW Police via GIPA (PDF file)

There are two ways to make a GIPA application – by post or using the online form. 

Applying by post

The NSW Police Force Information Access Unit has a standard form for information access applications. You do not need to use the standard form but it is the simplest way to make sure you are making a valid application. You can download an application form from the NSW Police website here, and mail the completed from the NSW Police information Unit.

For more information, download Factsheet No. 13 Lodging a GIPA Application with NSW Police by Post (PDF file)

Applying online

You can also make a GIPA application online.

Before starting your application you will need:

  • An email address to receive a verification code
  • A credit card to pay the $30 application fee
  • Access to two identity documents, such as drivers licence, passport, Medicare card, birth certificate, Australian visa, health care card.
  • An idea of the specific information/documents you are requesting.

For more information, download​ Factsheet No. 14 Lodging a GIPA Application with NSW Police Online (PDF file)