Getting information from the government
Privacy Act requests: getting access to information that’s about you
Your right to information that’s held about you
If an organisation holds information about you, and they can readily retrieve it, you have the right:
- to get them to confirm for you whether or not they hold the information, and
- to see the information.
Your request doesn’t have to be in writing.
The organisation that holds the information doesn’t have to give you the information in certain cases – for example, if releasing it to you would also mean releasing information about another person.
Usually, the organisation must make the information available in the form that you want – for example, by giving you a written copy.
For more details on making a Privacy Act request, including when you can be refused access, see: “How you can access your information, and correct it if necessary”.