Access to Information held by Greater Hume Shire Council
From 1 July 2010, the new Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) replaces the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW) and the right to document access and publication requirements of Section 12 of the Local Government Act 1993.
The GIPA Act introduces a new right to information system that is focused on making government information more readily available. This means that information will generally be released unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.
The GIPA Act encourages the routine and proactive release of government information, including information held by providers of goods and services contracted by government agencies.
In summary, there are four ways in which Council information will be available.
· Mandatory Release. Council must publish certain information on its website, free of charge. This public information includes Councils policy documents, Council’s Publication Guide, Contract Register and other Council documents and information. If the information is not available on Council’s website, you may inspect a copy of the information at Councils’ offices during normal business hours free of charge. If you wish to obtain a hard or electronic copy of the information, charges may apply.
· Proactive Release. Council can proactively release additional information in an appropriate manner and either free of charge or at the lowest reasonable cost.
· Informal Request. Council can release information informally. You can apply for informal access to information without the need for a formal application. To download the form please click here. The information will only be released to you unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of information.
· Formal Request.
Council can release information in response to a formal application. To download the form please click here
Greater Hume Shire Council is currently in the process of providing a range of information under the GIPA Act and is progressively adding more information to our website.
Greater Hume Shire Open Access Not Released
If you would like a copy of a document that is not available for download on Council's Website please contact Council on 1300 653 538.
More information concerning your right to information and the new ways to access NSW Government Information can be found on the Office of the Information Commissioner website.