The Act gives effect to the constitutional right of access to any information held by the State and any information that is held by another person and that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights, or to provide for matters connected therewith.

The Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 is generally also referred to as PAIA.  An important requirement of all private sector businesses is that it should compile and make available an information manual with effect 1 January 2016.