2. Make an informal request

If the information you are after has not already been published by SIRA, but is information which raises no particular concerns in terms of possible public interest reasons why it should not be released, then SIRA may be able to release it to you on request without the formalities of having to make a formal application.

If you think this applies to the information you are after you can contact us to make an informal request.

Generally, we try to release information we hold without the need for you to make a formal access application, unless there are good reasons to require one.

Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, however, government agencies are not required to release information without an access application. SIRA reserves the right to require you to lodge an access application, particularly if there may be significant public interest considerations that need to be taken into account in deciding whether the information can be released or if you request a large volume of information or if it would otherwise take SIRA a significant amount of time to consider and respond to your request.