Rights to information

Rights to information

On July 1 2010, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 [GIPA] commenced. This new legislation introduced a new 'right to information' system to New South Wales, replacing the existing Freedom of Information (FOI) system which had been operating since 1989.

This new legislation creates new rights to information that are designed to meet community expectations for more open and transparent government. It also encourages proactive information disclosure through mandatory publication and authorised release of 'open access information'. 'Open access information' is information that Council must publish, unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure (OPIAD).

Kogarah City Council possesses a variety of information that relates to the operation of Council and the Kogarah City Council Local Government area. Under the GIPA legislation this information is grouped into four categories:

  • Mandatory open access information;
  • Proactive release information;
  • Informal application information: and
  • Formal application information (an application fee of $30 applies)

Kogarah City Council promotes open government and greater accountability to the community. The majority of Council's documents are available to the public unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure. Examples of documents that are not permitted are internal working plans of another individual's property and Council's own legal advice. Also other person's personal information is restricted under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009

Council publishes a range of documents and information which are available in accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. Attached is Council's Information Guide.

Listed below are open access documents which are also available to the public to view free of charge at Council's Customer Service Centre.

Open Access Council documents:

Kogarah City Council's documents listed above are also available for public inspection free of charge at Kogarah City Council's Customer Service Centre. Please also refer to the following links for further open access information:

Both Informal and Formal Access to Information (GIPA) Application Forms can be obtained from our Customer Service Centre located at 2 Belgrave Street, Kogarah between the hours of 8:30am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. Download the GIPA Access to Information Request Form here


Right to Know Week

You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW government information on the Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) website.