An application fee of $30 is required for all access applications. A cheque or money order (made payable to Murrumbidgee Local Health District) for the prescribed fee must accompany the application. An application received without the prescribed fee is not a valid application under the GIPA Act and no further action will be taken to process the application.
Further processing charges
The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) may impose a processing charge for dealing with an access application at a rate of $30 per hour of processing time for the application. The $30 application fee counts as a payment towards any processing charge payable by the applicant. Applicants seeking their own personal information receive up to 20 hours processing without additional charge.
The processing time for an application is the total amount of time that is necessary to be spent by any officer of MLHD in:
- Dealing efficiently with the application (including consideration of the application, searching for records, consultation, decision-making and any other function exercised in connection with deciding the application); or
- Providing access in response to the application (based on the lowest reasonable estimate of the time that will need to be spent in providing that access). Access to government information granted in response to an access application may be made conditional on payment of any processing charge imposed for dealing with the application.
The MLHD may ask for an advance deposit from you (maximum 50% of the total cost) if the cost estimates for work to be undertaken is for a sum exceeding the application fee (ie is greater than $30). If you do not pay this deposit, the MLHD may not proceed with the request.
If there will be considerable cost incurred with your formal access application under the GIPA Act, you will be advised of the estimated costs before the work starts. Consultation with third parties may also be required depending on the nature of the information requested.
Discount of Processing Charges
In some circumstances, discounts may be provided for your application. Please see http://www.ipc.nsw.gov.au/gipa-act-fees-and-charges for more information.