Implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005Print

What is "Information"?

Under the Right to Information Act, 2005, the term "information" is defined to mean all documents and records held in the custody of a Public Authority in any form (electronic or physical). All such "information" can be provided to the applicants, subject to the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005. However, please note that the RTI Act, 2005 is only meant to obtain "information" that already exists with the Public Authority and cannot be used for seeking advice/opinion on an issue.

Eligibility of Applicants

Please note that the information under RTI Act can be sought only by Indian Citizens. Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) are not covered by this Act. Consequently, applicants are advised to submit proof of Indian citizenship along with their application to the Consulate General of India in Melbourne.

Fee for Seeking Information

Applicants who are Indian Citizens based in Australia: A person who desires to seek information under the RTI Act from the Central Public Information Officer of the Consulate General of India is required by law to pay, along with the application, A$0.25 [25 Australian Cents, approximately equal to Rs. 10/- (Rupees ten)], as fee prescribed under the RTI Act. The payment of fee shall be made by way of cash only at the Consulate General of India in Melbourne between 9.30 AM and 12.30 PM on any working day. Depending on the nature and quantity of the documents sought, other charges may be applicable as per the RTI Act.

Applicants who are Indian Citizens based in India: The fee of Rs.10/- (Rupees Ten only) in respect of such application is to be made by way of Indian Postal Order/Bank Draft/Banker's Cheque payable to "PAO, MEA, New Delhi". Please send the same along with your application by Post.

Central Public Information Officer

Application for seeking information relevant to Consulate General of India in Melbourne may be addressed to the Central Public Information Officer in writing only through a letter, fax or E-Mail. Particulars of the Public Information Officer are as follows:

Mr. Rakesh Malhotra
Consul & HOC
Consulate General of India
344 St Kilda Road Melbourne Vic-3000, Australia
Tel: +61-3-9682 5800
Fax: +61-3-9696 8251
E-Mail: hoc.melbourne@mea.gov.in

First Appellate Authority

If the applicant is not satisfied with the response of the Central Public Information Officer, he/she may approach the First Appellate Authority in writing only at the details given below:

Ms. Manika Jain
Consul General
Consulate General of India
344 St Kilda Road Melbourne Vic-3000, Australia
Tel: +61-3-9682 7836
Fax: +61-3-9696 8251
E-Mail: cg.melbourne@mea.gov.in

You can also download the Right to Information Manuals for Consulate General of India in Melbourne.


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