Access to Information
Government Information Public Access (GIPA) Act 2009
Applications for information Council holds are dealt with under the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA Act). The Information Privacy Commission (IPC) is the administrative agency for the Office of the Information Commissioner and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. You can find out more about your right to information and ways to gain access to NSW Government and Council information by viewing the Information and Privacy Commission website. http://www.ipc.nsw.gov.au/
There are four ways in which government information is available under the GIPA Act:
Mandatory release: Certain information, referred to as open access information, must be published on the agency's website, free of charge.
Proactive release: Beyond mandatory release, agencies are encouraged (and authorised) to release as much government information as possible.
Informal request: Agencies are encouraged to informally release information, by excusing the need for a formal application (and fee) to be submitted.
Formal application: This is the last resort if information is not accessible in any of the above 3 ways. Decisions made in response to formal applications can be reviewed.
This Disclosure log identifies information and documents that have been released by a formal application process.
As Council makes decisions about open access information that may not be disclosed due to an overriding public interest, it will note this information here. This will detail the information requested and the public interest considerations against disclosure that resulted in Council's decision not to release the information.