Access to Information

Access to Information

General information

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) details the obligations of agencies such as Council to provide access to certain information. The Act provides for Council to release information publicly on its website (called open access information); in response to a Special Access Request, an informal request for access or in response to a formal application for access. 

Find out more about your right to information and gaining access to information on the NSW Information and Privacy Commission website.

Copyright

Information in Council’s records subject to copyright.

If 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.

Information contained on Council's website subject to copyright.

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. 

Access directions on Council records

There are some Council records that are subject to authorised access in accordance with Section 51 of the State Records Act 1998. These records include the following:

  • Early Access: Records available under the GIPA Act 2009 which include  publications, publicity and educational material in all formats.
  • Closed to Public Access: This includes staff records (including registers and history cards closed 50 years), building and development plans (drawings) of current building and services. Applies only to plans of existing buildings, showing existing internal layouts and services. 
  • Open to Public Access: All records not covered by Early Access authorisations or Closed to Public Access directions.

Requests for access

Council is required to make certain information publicly available. Where information is not publicly available you can submit a request to access the information.  Please have a read of our  Access to Information Factsheet for more information. 

1. Special access request

If you seek to access information which is closed to public access, you can apply for a Special Access Request. Applications for these requests should be lodged in writing on company letterhead providing specific details of the request. For more information about special access requests contact Council's Records Management Section on 4732 7777.

2. Development applications

Requests for information about development applications can be made by submitting an Open Access Request Form (pdf 134.8KB). Please fill out this form and return it via email to

3. Informal request 

There are different kinds of applications that you can make, depending on the information that you require. If you would like to request information that is not available on Council’s website you will need to complete and lodge an n Informal Request for Access to Information Application Form. There is no fee to lodge an application and have it assessed, however there may be a fee associated with printing hard copies of documents not protected by copyright provisions.

4. Formal request

Council also holds a lot of information that is not listed as open access information. The release of this information is generally restricted due to considerations such as commercial confidence, legal privilege, security concerns and protection of privacy. You can apply for access to this information by submitting a Formal Request for Access to Information Application Form. There is an application fee of $30 to lodge a request.

5. Open access information

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:

6. Pecuniary Interest Register

Council as required maintains a Pecuniary Interest Register for councilors and designated persons. 

Pecuniary Interest Report

 

Your right to review 

You have 20 working days after the notice of a decision has been posted or emailed to you to ask for an internal review by the agency that made the decision - use our GIPA Internal Review application form. Find out more Information from the Privacy Commission NSW website. Find out more about your right to information and gaining access to NSW Government information at the NSW Information and Privacy Commission website.

Information Registers 

If you require these documents to be made accessible, please contact us 4732 7777

 Disclosure Log

Penrith City Council’s Disclosure Log lists information provided by Council in response to Formal Access Applications under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. Penrith City Council’s Disclosure Log lists information provided by Council in response to Formal Access Applications under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. 

Applications that are likely to be of interest to members of the public are listed below. Only non-personal information is shown.

To request a copy of any information below, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 4732 7777. Please quote the reference number for the item you're interested in.

 Reference  Decision Date  Information Provided  Year
8990750 13/02/2020 All information relating to development applications relating to 1277-1283 Mamre Road, Kemps Creek 2020
9005086 18/02/2020 Injury – Kingsway Sporting FieldsInjury – Kingsway Sporting FieldsWork Orders, Risk Assessments, Run Sheets. 2020
8999968 25/02/2020 Injury - 12 Cox Avenue, PenrithInjury - 12 Cox Avenue, PenrithWork Orders, Initial Organise Repairs Email. 2020
9034146 4/03/2020 St Marys Town Centre Economic Development Strategy 2020
9042704 1/04/2020 All documents and correspondence in relation to DA14/1591 - 5 Lethbridge Street, Penrith 2020
9096550 17/04/2020 All information relating to development applications relating to 6 Forbes Street, Emu Plains. 2020
9067182 17/04/2020 Injury – Corner of Cosgrove Crescent and Morphett Street, Kingswood.Injury – Corner of Cosgrove Crescent and Morphett Street, Kingswood.Risk Assessments, Diary Entries, Injury Notification, Photos, Drainage Network Diagram. 2020
9141991 10/06/2020 All documents and correspondence in relation to Wallacia Hotel – 1590-1594 Mulgoa Road, Wallacia 2020
 9178856 30/06/2020 All documents and correspondence in relation to Tattersalls Centre & Hotel – 510-536 High Street, Penrith 2020
9190521 6/07/2020 All correspondence between Council and Applicant in relation to DA19/0158 - 18 Morris Street, St Marys. 2020
9183770 10/07/2020

Injury – Mulgoa Road, Jamisontown between Blaikie Road and Glenbrook Street.

Footpath Policy, Inspections and Maintenance reports.
2020
9221388 11/08/2020

Injury- 243 Banks Drive, St Clair.

Risk Assessments, Diary Entries, Injury Notification, Photos, Drainage Network Diagram.
2020
9247946 18/08/2020 All approvals, plans and associated documents in relation to 8 Holly Crescent, Jordan Springs 2020
9245604 19/08/2020 Photo Proof of Dog Roaming Lethbridge Street, Penrith 2020
9164269 25/08/2020 All documents and statements in relation to a dog attack on Coonawarra Drive, St Clair 2020
9254904 26/08/2020 All documents and statements in relation to a dog attack on Penrose Crescent, South Penrith 2020
9251547 28/08/2020 All documents in relation to the roadworks on the 10th of January 2017 at Victoria Road, Werrington. 2020
9254905 02/09/2020 Injury - Cosgrove Crescent and Morphett Street, Kingswood. All documents in relation to Storm water and maintenance. 2020
9249718 04/09/2020 Injury – Sunflower Drive.Injury – Sunflower Drive.All Reports, Inspection Records and Complaints in relation to the Footpath. 2020