In essence, it gives members of the public a legal right of access to documents in the possession of the Council and its Officers, which were created or received after 1 January 1989.
The protection of the public interest and private and business affairs may cause some documents to be exempted from access.
Freedom of Information Act principles
The Freedom of Information Act has four basic principles:
The public has a legal right of access to information
Local governments are required to publish information concerning the documents they hold
People may request that inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date or misleading information in their personal records be amended
People may appeal against a decision not to give access to the information or not to amend a personal record
Freedom of Information requests
A Freedom of Information Access request must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $27.90.
Further charges may be incurred, which can include the cost of accessing the information (that is: retrieval from storage) and photocopying.
|Per hour search fee
|Per quarter hour supervision time
|Photocopies - per copy:
|A4 single sided
Costs for various Certificates provided by Council are set by the State Government.
If the charges are not paid, the information will not be provided.
On receipt of your request, we must make a decision within 45 days. Where a decision is made to refuse or defer access, you will be notified in writing of the reasons for the refusal and the procedures available to appeal the decision.
If a Freedom of Information request is denied, the applicant can appeal against the decision. Appeals must be lodged within 28 days of the issue of the response by Council and should be addressed to:
P O Box 24274
MELBOURNE VIC 3001.
Need to know more...
For all enquiries to access information available to the public, further information on the FOI Act and procedures please contact the FOI Officer on 03 5272 5272.