INTERNAL REVIEW

If you are unhappy with the University's decision about your formal request under the Government Information (Public Access) Act, you can ask the University to review it - unless it was made by the Vice-Chancellor. This is called an internal review. Requests for an internal review must be in writing and you must make the request within 20 days of being told of the University's decision.

You can also ask for an internal review if the University has not responded in writing to your first application within 21 days - plus five days for postage. You then have 20 days to ask for an internal review.

If you are the applicant you do not need to seek internal review of a decision before the Information Commissioner or NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal may conduct a review.

Internal reviews are conducted by an officer other than the one who made the initial decision. They will not report to the initial decision maker. The University must complete an internal review within 15 days of receiving it, which may be extended by up to 10 working days if further consultation is required.

A fee of $40 for an internal review has been set by the Act, except in the case of a deemed refusal (meaning the application was not decided in time) where no fee is payable.