Council

Freedom of information and public interest disclosures

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives you the right to request access to government-held information about you or about policies and decisions.

Freedom of Information (FOI)

If there is no law that requires us to make a document available to the public – or available for public inspection - then you may be able to access the document(s) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

The FOI Act gives every person a right to access our documents, except for exempt documents.

FOI and COVID-19

Please note that Council is doing its part in assisting with limiting the spread of the COVID-19 by enabling staff to work from home and implementing social distancing practices.

This is impacting on the ability of Council being unable to conduct searches in a timely fashion. We ask for your patience during this period, and we will endeavor to process FOI Applications received within the 30 day time limit wherever possible.

In the event we believe that we may go over the time limit, we will contact you and advise you to that effect.

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012

Public officials who suspect wrongdoing within the public sector can raise their concerns under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act), formerly Protected Disclosure Act.
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