Accessing Council Information
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 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.
There are four ways to access Council information:
You can search our website. Certain information must be disclosed on Council's website, free of charge. This includes our policy documents, current publication guide, disclosure log and register of government contracts.
You can review our Policy Register for all Council Policies.
You can review GIPA Act Current Contracts awarded valued at or worth more than $150,000.
You can review the Plans of Management for Community Land.
You can ask us what information we will make available to the public, in addition to the information contained on our website. We are encouraged to release as much government information as possible, in an appropriate way and free of charge (or at the lowest reasonable cost).
You can ask for specific information by contacting Council's Customer Service Team on (02) 6757 3222. We are encouraged to release information without the need for a formal access application.
If you can’t otherwise access your required information, a formal access application under the GIPA Act may be necessary. This might, for example, be needed for large volumes of information that involve extensive searches of Council records or information in relation to third parties which must be consulted prior to release.
As set out in Council’s fees and charges, an application fee applies as well as processing charges.
Contact Council’s Executive Office on 02 6757 3222 for further information.