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Your right to information

On 1 July 2010 new right to information legislation came into effect, replacing the former freedom of information law.

The new law:

  • creates new rights to information that are designed to meet community expectations of more open and transparent government
  • encourages government agencies to proactively release government information.

You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW government information on the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) website at www.oic.nsw.gov.au.

Accessing Council information

Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, there is a presumption in favour of the disclosure of government information unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

Council publishes a range of information, following the link to our Open Access Information find out more about our policies, our publication guide, a disclosure log of information applications, details of information not disclosed to the public and our register of contracts.

There are other forms of information made available free of charge on Council’s website under Section 7 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, which states:

“An agency is authorised to make any government information held by the agency publicly available unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information.”

There are many other forms of information available under Section 9 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, which states:

A person who makes an access application for government information has a legally enforceable right to be provided with access to the information in accordance with Part 4 (Access applications) unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information.