What happens once your application is received?

  • We will check your application to make sure we have the information we need and that you have paid the application fee (or the fee is waived).
  • We may transfer your application to another public authority if we do not believe we are best placed to provide you with the information.
  • Before your application is accepted, we may need to contact you to discuss it. This will help us to understand your request.
  • A Right to Information officer will then assess your application against the Right to Information Act 2009 and advise you in writing of the outcome.
  • You will be be notified of the decision on your application for assessed disclosure as soon as practicable, but within 20 working days of the application acceptance date.
  • If your request is for a large amount of information or complex, we may ask you to give us more time.
  • If there is a need to consult with a third party about their business affairs or personal information, more time is automatically granted and we will advise the outcome as soon as practicable, but within 40 working days we will let you know if this is occuring.
  • If the application, or part of the application is refused, then the reasons for the refusal will be provided as part of the decision.
  • Application seeking to review decisions can be made in writing to:
    Principal Officer
    Right to Information
    Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management
    GPO Box 308
    HOBARTĀ  TASĀ  7001
  • If the Right to Information officer assessing your request does not get back to you in the timeframe allowed, then we are taken to have refused the application and you are able to make an application for review to the Ombudsman (if you choose). Further information regarding reviews can be found on the Ombudsmans website.