Government Information (Public Access) Act
The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW), (GIPA Act), establishes a comprehensive system for public access to government information.
The objective of the Act is to:
- Make government information more accessible to the public by requiring government agencies to make certain sorts of information freely available
- Encourage government agencies to release as much information as possible
- Give the public an enforceable right to make access applications for government information
- Restrict access to information only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.
The Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) oversees the public access to government information system. For a better understanding of your right to information click here to access the IPC website.
Accessing Council Information
Council publishes a range of information under the GIPA Act.
Click here to access Council's Publication Guide,(PDF, 609KB) which includes our policies, a disclosure log of information applications, details of information not disclosed to the public and our register of government contracts.
It should be noted that the IPC has advised all Councils that plans accompanying Development Applications (DAs) (other than DAs currently on exhibition) are 'view only'. Access to information applicants are advised that Council will not provide copies of plans for DA applications (other than DAs currently on exhibition) unless written permission is received from the copyright owner.
Obtaining property owner information
We only release property owner details if they are a business or corporation. In compliance with privacy laws, we do not release individual ownership details. You can apply for individual property ownership information from NSW Land Registry Services.
What information is held by Council?
For details of Council's structure and functions, the various kinds of information it holds and how it may be accessed, please refer to the Council's Publication Guide and Disclosure Log below.
What information is publicly available?
On rare occasions access to certain Council records may require an access application under section 41 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). Such records may contain private information about people, organisations, or businesses other than you or your organisation or business, or be sensitive, requiring a balancing of public interest considerations for and against disclosure. Decisions on section 41 applications have review rights for applicants and third parties. Section 41 applications require an application fee and the Council charges hourly rates in accordance with the GIPA Act. If you believe a section 41 access application may be necessary, please phone 02 60360100 and an Officer will be able to check prior to making the application.
Open access information
Under the GIPA Act certain information, known as open access information, must be disclosed by us unless it is not in the public interest to do so. This website is a central reference point you can use to search for what you need.
Under the GIPA Act we proactively release information with a commitment to providing as much information as possible, for free or at the lowest possible cost. It is also our intent to make information easily accessible to the public.
Access to Council Information Informal Application Form
Please click here to complete an informal request form(PDF, 59KB) to obtain information held by Council under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). Please note that Council is authorised to release information to a person in response to an informal request, unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information (s.8).
For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 60360100.