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Council is committed to providing, as far as practicable, an open environment which enables members of the public to access information held by Council without recourse to formal GIPA access applications. 


Information is made available through this Guide, Council’s Disclosure Log and Council’s website. Information may also be released administratively on request.


Decisions about the release of requested information that is not available on the Council’s website or in other publications, are made within the guidelines of GIPA, taking into consideration factors relating to public interest and copyright.


Where formal applications under GIPA are made, Council will apply application, processing and copying charges, an advanced deposit may be sought as specified in the Act.


The following documents are defined as open access information under Section 18 of GIPA and will be released without the need for a formal application under this Act:



Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 also stipulates that the following additional documents are to be provided as open access information by Councils:



Information about the Council


Information contained in the current version and the most recent previous version of the following records is prescribed as open access information:




Information contained in the following records (whenever created) is prescribed as open access information:




Information contained in the current version of the following records is prescribed as open access information:

  • land register
  • register of investments
  • register of delegations
  • register of graffiti removal work kept in accordance with section 13 of the Graffiti Control Act 2008
  • register of current declarations of disclosures of political donations kept in accordance with section 328A of the LGA
  • the register of voting on planning matters kept in accordance with section 375A of the LGA



Information contained in the current version and the most recent previous version of the following records is prescribed as open access information:




Information contained in the following records (whenever created) is prescribed as open access information:


  • development applications (within the meaning of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 ) and any associated documents received in relation to a proposed development including the following:
    • home warranty insurance documents
    • construction certificates
    • occupation certificates
    • structural certification documents
    • town planner reports
    • submissions received on development heritage consultant reports
    • tree inspection consultant reports
    • acoustics consultant reports
    • land contamination consultant reports

  • records of decisions on development applications (including decisions made on appeal)
  • records describing general nature of documents that Council decides to exclude from public view including internal specifications and configurations, and commercially sensitive information
  • applications for approvals under Part 1 of Chapter 7 of the LGA and any associated documents received in relation to such an application
  • applications for approvals under any other Act and any associated documents received in relation to such an application
  • records of approvals granted or refused, any variation from local policies with reasons for the variation, and decisions made on appeals concerning approvals
  • orders given under Part 2 of Chapter 7 of the LGA, and any reasons given under section 136 of the LGA
  • orders given under the authority of any other Act
  • records of building certificates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • plans of land proposed to be compulsorily acquired by the local authority
  • compulsory acquisition notices
  • leases and licences for use of public land classified as community land



Council will proactively release information which does not constitute open access information. This information is available on Council’s website and includes such documents as the State of the Shire report, the Community (Social) Plan and Council policies.


Last Updated: February 9th, 2017
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