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Access to information

Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA Act) there are four ways you can access Council information.

1. Mandatory release

Under the GIPA Act, Council is required to publish specific open access information on our website, free of charge.

Information available under the mandatory open access requirements includes Council policies, register of contracts, media releases and annual reports.

Council's Publication Guide lists the Council information that is available free of charge on our website.

2. Proactive release

In addition to the information (open access information) that Council must make available under the GIPA Act free of charge on our website, Council also makes a range of other information publicly available.  Some of this information is available on our website free of charge and some information is available in other formats for a small charge.

Council's Publication Guide lists the type of information that Council has proactively chosen to make available and how access will be provided.

3. Informal release

Under the GIPA Act, Council can release other information in response to an informal request. Council may impose conditions of the release of such information. There is no charge for making an informal request for information.

Council's Publication Guide lists the type of Council information that is available for informal release.

Complete the form linked below make an informal information request.

4. Formal release

Under the GIPA Act, Council can release information in response to a formal access application.  This is the last resort for obtaining Council information if it is not available any other way.  A formal access application is similar to a Freedom of Information application under the old access to information regime in NSW.

There is a $30 application fee for a formal access application and a processing charge of $30 per hour.

Council's Publication Guide lists the type of Council information that requires a formal access application.

Complete the form linked below to make a formal access application.

Unsure how to get the information you want?

  • Step 1: As a first step you should search this website (using the search box at the top of this page) to see if it is already available.
     
  • Step 2: Check the Publication Guide to see if it is open access information.  The Publication Guide will tell you how to obtain the information.
     
  • Step 3: If the information is not routinely available (i.e. not open access information) you need to make an informal information request or a formal access application.

If you need further assistance, call Council's Customer Service Centre on 9335 2222.

Disclosure log

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPAA) requires Council to keep and publish a record (called its "disclosure log") that records information about access applications made to Council to which it provides access (to some or all of the information applied for) if the information is deemed by the agency to be of interest to other members of the public.

Government contracts register

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPAA) requires Council to keep and publish a record (called its "government contracts register") that records information about some contracts with private sector bodies.

 

Link to the Office of the Information Commissioner