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Access to Council Information
Access to Council information can be gained under the Government Information (Public Access) Act (2009) ("GIPA Act")
The Government Information (Public Access) Act gives a right to all persons to access Council documents as listed in the Act. These include annual reports, management plans, Council policies, business papers and meeting minutes, documents on a development application, development consents and various other documents. A number of these documents are available online and through Council's Customer Service Centre.
Access to personal information held by Council may also be made under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIPA)
How to Access Council Information
Council makes a number of documents available online. If the documents you are seeking are not available online but are listed as Open Access in the GIPA Act and Council's Agency Information Guide you can access the information by completing an Access to Information Form and detailing the specific information you are requesting.
Requests for documents outside the scope of Open Access and not able to be provided by an Informal Release will require a Formal GIPA Act Request. These types of requests require payment of a $30 (GST exempt) fee and may incur additional processing charges. You can submit a Formal GIPA Act Request by completing the Formal GIPA Act Request form and submitting the application fee.
If you are unhappy with a decision made regarding a Formal Access application you can make a request for Council to review the decision. You can submit a request for an Internal Review by completing the Application for Review of Decision form and submitting the application fee. Applications for an Internal Review must be received within 20 working days after notification of the decision of the Formal Access application.
For further details on the GIPA Act, or changes to the Right to Information, please visit the website of the Office of the Information Commissioner
Online Documents and Information
As required by the Government Information (Public Access) Act, the following documents, logs and registers relating to the release and accessibility of documents can be found below:
Agency Information Guide
Register of Government Contracts
Council Policies Register Online
Council Business Paper