Council is committed to providing appropriate access to information held by Council. We are proactive in ensuring as much information as possible is available to the public.
Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA ACT)
The aim of the GIPA Act is to provide an open, accountable, fair and effective government. This means that government agencies in NSW are being required to make more information freely available and more processes and documents of Government will be available following an application process.
The GIPA Act applies to all NSW government agencies, including local and county Councils. It requires proactive information disclosure through mandatory publication and authorised release of open 'access information’. The Act also provides for disclosure in response to informal requests and a revised system of response to formal access applications.
Council's Access to Information Policy details Council’s position on the GIPA Act and the procedures provides the specific steps that are to be followed in order to implement the policy. To view Council's policies and external procedures visit our Public Policies page
There are four ways to access Council information:
Using the Publications Matrix, locate the type of information that you are looking for to see how that information will be available. If you have any questions about the GIPA process you can email Council's Governance Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone can ask for Council information including:
People/organisations/groups/agencies request information for a variety of reasons including to:
Sometimes there is an overriding public interest against disclosing certain information. Generally, Council must not publish and must refuse requests to disclose information in the 12 categories listed. Formal applications for ‘excluded information’ are invalid under the Act.
Contact the Office of the Information Commissioner at http://www.oaic.gov.au/ or phone 1800 194 210.