On 1 July 2010 new right to information legislation came into effect, replacing the former freedom of information law.
The new law:
You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW government information on the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) website at www.ipc.nsw.gov.au.
The Government Information (Public Access) Act (GIPAA) is complimented by the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIPA), which establishes a right to amend personal information in records held by Councils and other Government Agencies.
Further details of this legislation is available in the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Accessing Our Information
Young Shire Council publishes a range of information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
Follow the links to find out more about our policies, our publication guide, a disclosure log of information applications, details of information disclosed to the public and our register of government contracts.
You can also download a GIPA fact sheet for more information.
GIPA Fact Sheet (29 KB)
Application forms for accessing information may be downloaded by selecting a link below:
Frequently Asked Questions & General Information
Young Shire Council complies with the provisions of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act (PPIPA)1998.
What is personal information?
Personal information is any information or opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent or can be readily identified from the information or opinion (sect 4 of the Act).
What type of personal information does Council collect?
In order to deliver a wide range of services to the community Council collects a range of personal information about ratepayers (including businesses) and those who receive services. This information includes:
From time to time Council may gather demographic details such as age, income and education/employment information. Council may only collect information that is required for a specific purpose and the information we collect will only be collected as long as it is required.
What Does it Cost?
There is no initial fee to make an application.
From 1 July 2010, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, (GIPA Act) will replace the Freedom of Information Act 1989. The GIPA Act will also replace Section 12 of the Local Government Act 1993.
There are four ways that Council information will be released:
How much does it cost?
The initial fee is $30.00. An additional processing fee of $30.00 per hour is applicable unless the requested information relates to your personal affairs. 50% reduction in fees may be granted to:-
What happens then?
What can I do, if I am unhappy with the decision made regarding my GIPA application?
What is a disclosure log?
A disclosure log is a record containing details of Council’s information already released under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). A disclosure log is part of the open access information that Council is required to make publicly available.
What is the purpose of a disclosure log?
Disclosure logs provide access to information for people who want the same or similar information as previous applicants, and would otherwise have to make formal access applications. A disclosure log also helps Council to identify information that could be proactively released.
What information is required to be kept in the disclosure log?
The disclosure log must contain the following details:
The disclosure log does not have to include the following information:
When is information entered into the disclosure log?
Details are entered into the disclosure log when the access application has been decided, and any review time limits have expired.
Council’s Disclosure Log will be published on this website following determination of any formal access applications received by Council for information that may be of interest to members of the public.
Publication Guide - September 2015 (258 KB)
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