Right To Information Unit


To provide open, accountable and participatory government for all the people of Vanuatu.

Make An Information Request

What does information mean?

Information has the same meaning as records. Records are information held in any form or medium by a Government agency, relevant private entity or private entity, whether or not it was created by any of them or came into existence before the commencement of the RTI Act, and includes:

  1. A record in writing, a document, manuscript, file
  2. A film (including microfilm), negative, microfiche, facsimile copy of a document
  3. A map, plan, graph, or drawing, a photograph
  4. A disc, tape, sound track or other device in which sounds or other data are embodied, whether electronically or otherwise, so as to be capable (with or without the aid of some other equipment) or being reproduced
  5. (e) an email, memo, opinion, advice, press releases, circular, order, logbook, contract, report, samples and models

What does RTI mean?

RTI means the right to information that is accessible under the RTI Act and which is held by or under the control of a Government agency, relevant private entity or private entity, and includes, but is not limited to the right to:

  1. Take notes, extracts or certified copes of records or information
  2. Inspect work, documents or records
  3. Take certified samples of materials
  4. Obtain information in the form of compact discs, diskettes, floppy discs, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts where such information is stored in a computer or in any other device

Who are RTI Officers (RTIOs)?

RTIO are officers designated by Government agencies under the RTI Act to provide information to the citizens requesting for information under the RTI Act.

What are the functions of the RTI officers?

A RTI Officer has the following functions:

  1. To promote, within the respective bodies, the best practices in relation to:
    1. The right to information, its importance and the role of officials in facilitating that right
    2. Records management, archiving and disposal of records
  2. To serve as central contact for receiving applications for information
  3. To assist persons seeking information under the RTI Act
  4. To receive complaints under the RTI Act
  5. To carry out any other functions as set out in the RTI Act or any other Act

What information is excempted under RTI law?

  1. Personal information
  2. Legal privilege
  3. Commercial confidential, Public economic interests
  4. National security and Law enforcement
  5. Health and safety, Heritage sites and the environment
  6. Policy making and operations of agencies

Access
Access to information in Vanuatu is easy and cheap.
Easy
You can just call, text, message any government agency to get the information you want.
Freedom
Being well informed gives you the freedom to make decisions that will have an impact.
Trust
People trust a government that is open, transparent and accountable.
Anyone
Anyone can request information, and you can request information from anywhere.
Fight Corruption
Right to information is a weapon against corruption.

 

 

The Right To Information Unit was established in 2015 under the Office of the Government's Chief Information Officer, the Unit was then transferred to the Department of Strategic Planning, Policy & Aid Coordination in 2016.

Currently, there are three officers that are serving in the RTI Unit, click HERE to learn more about these officers.

Make An Information Request


To make an information to any government agency please follow the instructions below;.

STEP 1: Download and fill in the request forms in the language of your choice from the links below;

English  French

STEP 2: CLICK HERE to identify the contact information of the government agency that you are requesting information from.

STEP 3: Send your request information to the government agency.  

STEP 4: CLICK HERE to learn how your request is being processed and when you will expect to receive a response from the agency.

English  Bislama