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Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009
The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPA Act) replaces the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW) and has repealed Section 12 of the Local Government Act.
NSW government agencies, including local councils are required to release information as set out in the GIPA Act and in accordance with the GIPA Act.
As part of this reform, the GIPA Act:
Release of information by Coolamon Shire Council under the GIPA Act will be determined by the public interest test. As provided by section 13 of the Act, there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of information if (and only if) there are public interest considerations against disclosure and, on balance, those considerations outweigh the public interest considerations in favour of disclosure.
You can find out more about right to information, the public interest test and the ways to access government information under the GIPA Act on the NSW Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) website at www.oic.nsw.gov.au. The OIC is an independent statutory authority responsible for overseeing the provisions of the GIPA Act. Please note the OIC does not and is unable to provide legal advice to stakeholders.
There are four ways in which government information is available under the GIPA Act:
Open access information
Council is required to publish the following open access information under section 18 of the GIPA Act:
Council is required to publish the following additional open access information under Schedule 1 to the Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009 (NSW) (GIPA Regulation):
Under section 7(3) of the GIPA Act, Council is required to review its proactive release program at least every 12 months, to identify any information we hold that should in the public interest be made publicly available.
The informal release provisions under section 8 of the GIPA Act provides Council with the authority to release information without the need for a formal access application. Information can be informally requested from Council by contacting the Privacy Officer on 02 6930 1800.
Please note the GIPA Act provides no statutory timeframe by which informal requests must be decided within. Council is not required to disclose government information pursuant to an informal request and is also not required to consider an informal request for government information (s8(3)). Council can decide however by what means information is to be released in response to an informal request (s8(4)).
Making a formal access application
If information can't be accessed through any of the above avenues, a formal access application can be submitted to Council. Council will request a formal application be made for information only as a last resort, likely necessary if an applicant asks for a large volume of information, if providing access would involve an unreasonable diversion of resources on behalf of Council (i.e. extensive search, retrieval from archives), or if the information sought involves personal or business information about third parties that must be consulted before the information can be released.
Section 41 of the GIPA Act lists the formal requirements for making a valid access application:
Upon receipt of a valid access application, Council must give the applicant notice of its decision within 20 working days, although this time can be extended under section 57(2) to consult with third parties or retrieve information from archives. Processing charges may also apply as part of deciding the application. These are charged at a rate of $60 for the first 30 minutes, and $40 for each 15 minutes thereafter.
Applicants aggrieved with a reviewable decision set out under section 80 of the GIPA Act have the right to request a review of that decision. This fact-sheet outlines available review rights under the GIPA Act.
You can access a range of GIPA Forms and Registers here.
A log of access applications and a register of government contracts is currently being developed. In the meantime, please contact Council directly on 02 6930 1800 or via the form on the Contact Us page if you have any enquiries relating to these matters.
Council's Administration Building and Chambers are situated at:
55 Cowabbie Street, Coolamon NSW 2701
Phone: 02 6930 1800
Fax: 02 6927 3168
Emergency Phone: 1300 880 045
Postal Address: PO Box 101, Coolamon NSW 2701