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Proactive Release of Information Register

Under the GIPA Act, Council is required to make the government information that is its open access information publicly available unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information. Council’s Proactive Release of Information Register includes hyperlinks that provide you with direct access to much of this information, and explains how you can access the open access information that is not published on the website.


In addition to open access information, Council is also authorised to make any government information that it holds publicly available unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information. This is a discretionary authority to release information in any manner considered appropriate, free of charge or at the lowest reasonable cost. The Proactive Release of Information Register therefore also includes information that Council has decided is in the public interest to make available without imposing unreasonable additional costs on Council.


Note: Please submit an informal access application form for access to previous versions (where applicable) of the documents provided below.


Mandatory Proactive Release of Council Information (Open Access Information)


Prescribed by section 18 of the GIPA ActWhere to access the information 
Agency Information Guide. This describes the structure and functions of Wingecarribee Shire Council, including the government information it makes available. Agency Information Guide (PDF, 898kB)
Reports to Parliament under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994 and the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. These are included in Council's annual reports. Annual Reports 
Policy documents which affect members of the public. Policies 
Disclosure log of access applications that Council decides to provide access to information for and for which it decides the information may be of interest to other members of the public. Disclosure Log (PDF, 110kB)
Register of Council contracts valued at $150,000 or more. Contracts Register 
Record of any open access information Council does not make publicly available on the basis of an overriding public interest against disclosure. Open Access Information Not Publicly Available (PDF, 46kB)


 Information about Council Where to access the information
The model code of conduct prescribed under section 440(1) of the Local Government Act 1993Model Code of Conduct (PDF, 151kB)
Council's adopted Code of Conduct. Policies 
Code of Meeting Practice.  Policies 
Annual Report Annual Reports 
Annual Financial Reports. These are detailed in the Audited Financial Statements provided as an Annexure to the Annual Report. Annual Reports 
Auditor's Report. This is included in the Audited Financial Statements provided as an Annexure to the Annual Report. Annual Reports
Management Plan. Note: This has been replaced by the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, which requires that all councils develop long, medium and short term plans which detail how the community's vision, aspirations and priorities will be delivered via projects and services. Integrated Planning and Reporting 
Equal Employment Opportunity Management Plan. EEO Management Plan (PDF, 61kB)
Policy concerning the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to the Mayor and Councillors. Policies 
Annual reports of bodies exercising functions delegated by Council. Not applicable 
Any codes referred to in the Local Government Act 1993. This includes the Model Code of Conduct, Council's Code of Conduct, Code of Meeting Practice (all of which are referenced above) and the Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting.  Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting (external link) 
Returns of the interests of Councillors, designated persons and delegates. 
Agendas and business papers for Council and Committee meetings (except any part of a meeting that is closed to the public). Note: The only Council Committee this applies to is the Finance Committee. 
Minutes of Council and Committee meetings (but restricted, in the case of any part of a meeting that is closed to the public, to the resolutions and recommendations of the meeting). Note: The only Council Committee this applies to is the Finance Committee. 
Departmental representative reports presented at a Council meeting in accordance with section 433 of the Local Government Act 1993.  None have been presented in the current or most recent financial years. If you are aware of a historic report and would like access to it, please submit an informal access application form
Land register. Please submit an informal access application form.
Register of investments. This is reported to Council meetings and included in the business papers published on Council's website. Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes 
Register of delegations. Please submit an informal access application form.  
Register of graffiti removal work. Not applicable.   
Register of current declarations of disclosures of political donations. This information is available at the NSW Electoral Commission website, which details political donations and electoral expenditure disclosed by political parties, elected members of Parliament and local Councils, candidates, third-party campaigners and political donors at State and Local Government elections. NSW Electoral Commission (external link) 
Register of voting on planning matters. Register for Voting on Development Matters  

 Plans and policiesWhere to access the information 
Local policies adopted by Council concerning approvals and orders. Note: Council does not have a local approvals policy.Policies
Plans of management for community land. Plans of Management 
Environmental planning instruments, development control plans and contributions plans. 

Information about development applications Where to access the information 

Development applications 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 applications
  • heritage consultant reports
  • tree inspection consultant reports
  • acoustics consultant reports
  • land contamination consultant reports


Note: This does not apply to so much of the information about development applications which consists of:

  • the plans and specifications for any residential parts of a proposed building, other than plans that merely show its height and external configuration in relation to the site on which it is proposed to be erected, or
  • commercial information, if the information would be likely to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it or to reveal a trade secret.

Development Application Tracker. Documents not available through DA Tracker are available for inspection on appointment, except where there is an overriding public interest against disclosure. Please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular development application you are seeking information about.
 
Note: Under the Copyright Act 1968, Council can only provide copies of certain information where the copyright owner has provided written consent or in other limited circumstances.

A record that describes the general nature of the documents that Council decides are not to be made publicly available on the basis of the above exception.   Please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular development application you are seeking information about.  
Records of decisions on development applications (including decisions made on appeal). Development Application Tracker. Note: For documents not available through DA Tracker, please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular development application you are seeking information about.  


Approvals, orders and other documents Where to access the information 
Applications for approvals under Part 1 of Chapter 7 of the Local Government Act 1993 and any associated documents received in relation to such an application. Please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular matter you are seeking information about.  
Applications for approvals under any other Act and any associated documents received in relation to such an application. Please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular matter you are seeking information about. 
Records of approvals granted or refused, any variation from Council policies with reasons for the variation, and decisions made on appeals concerning approvals.  Please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular matter you are seeking information about.  
Orders given under Part 2 of Chapter 7 of the Local Government Act 1993, and any reasons given under section 136 of the Local Government Act 1993.  Please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular matter you are seeking information about.  
Orders given under the authority of any other Act. Please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular matter you are seeking information about.  
Records of building certificates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.  Please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular building certificate you are seeking information about.  
Plans of land proposed to be compulsorily acquired by Council. Please submit an informal access application form.  
Compulsory acquisition notices.  Please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular notice you are seeking information about.  
Leases and licences for use of public land classified as community land.  Please submit an informal access application form with details of the particular lease or licence you are seeking information about.  
Performance improvement orders issued to Council.  Not applicable.  



Authorised Proactive Release of Council Information


Note: Council encourages members of the public to contact Council with suggestions for information which it can consider for authorised proactive release.


 Type of informationWhere to access the information 
Council's most recent annual report on its food regulatory activities as provided to the NSW Food Authority2017 Food Regulation Partnership Activity Report (PDF, 96kB)
Mayor's Official DiaryOfficial Mayoral Diary
Record of Councillor attendance at Council meetingsCouncillor Attendance Sheets
Record of Councillor expense claimsCouncillor Expenses Claims
Register of declarations of interest (pecuniary and non-pecuniary) by Councillors at Council meetingsRegister of Disclosure by Members 


Last Updated: September 12th, 2017
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