As specified in the Act, Council must proactively release a range of information on our website and in other accessible formats. To access information from Council you are able to:
To process your request, you will need to complete the relevant form (unless an application form is not required) including your contact details.
Find out more about your right to information and gaining access to NSW Government information:
visit the NSW Information and Privacy Commission website.
If you have a hearing or speech impairment you can use the following free services:
When dealing with your application, Council determines whether the information:
If copyright consent has been obtained from a copyright owner or if it is a special access request the information can be copied and released.
Council will inform all applicants if information is subject to copyright. If an applicant still requires a hard copy of the information Council will then provide details of the copyright owner.
There may be certain circumstances where Council is not taken to have breached the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968. For example Council is not taken to have breached
copyright in a literary, dramatic, musical or
artistic work by anything done for the purposes of a
judicial proceeding (see
Section 43(1) Copyright Act 1968)
Council has a copyright disclaimer on its website where information about development applications is readily available to view. Please ensure that you read this disclaimer before accessing this information.
In accordance with Section 51 of the State Records Act 1998, there are some Council records that are subject to authorised access directions. These records include the following:
Early Access: Records available under the GIPA Act 2009, includes publications, publicity and educational material in all formats
Open to Public Access: All records not covered by early access authorisations or closed to public access directions
Closed to Public Access:
Applications for these requests should be lodged in writing on company letterhead providing specific details of the request.
Privacy Direction about Information Transfers between Public Sector Agencies - Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998
For more information about access directions or special access requests contact Council's Records Management Section on 4732 7777.
Council is required to make certain information publicly available. This information is called open access information or mandatory release information. Council will provide access to certain information on this website:
Request for Information About DAs Application Form (accessible pdf 138KB)
Council is required to proactively disclose certain information to you, through informal release. If you require copies not protected by copyright provisions, copying charges apply.
Access to Information Factsheet (accessible pdf 54KB)
You are encouraged to lodge an
Informal Request for Access to Information Application Form (accessible pdf 87KB)
The formal application process is required if the application involves a large amount of information or extensive searches, or the information is generally restricted due to considerations such as commercial confidence, legal privilege, security
concerns or personal or business information about a third party who must and will be consulted before the particular information sought can be released.
Find out more from the Information and
Privacy Commission NSW website.
You have 20 working days after the notice of a decision has been posted to you to ask for an internal review by the agency that made the decision - use our
GIPA Internal Review application form (accessible pdf 129KB).
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