Access to Information

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 Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) website at

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 GIPA Fact Sheet (29 KB)

Application Forms
Application forms for accessing information may be downloaded by selecting a link below:

Informal Access Request Under GIPA Act 2009 Informal Access Request Under GIPA Act 2009 (33 KB)

Formal Access Request Under GIPA Act 2009 Formal Access Request Under GIPA Act 2009 (24 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions & General Information

Useful Links & Documents
Council Policies
Register of Contracts

Publication Guide - September 2015 Publication Guide - September 2015 (258 KB)

Disclosure Log of Formal Applications Disclosure Log of Formal Applications (10 KB)

Contact details
Public Officer
Ph: 02 6380 1200
Fax: 02 6380 1299