Government Information Public Access (GIPA)


Council is committed to assisting members of the community access information about Council. The following information will help you to access particular details about Council's structure and functions, how you can participate in the formulation of our policies and the exercise of functions, the information we hold and will make available to you and the ways in which you can access Council's information.

As a member of the public you have the right to access certain government information.

Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, (GIPA) there are four ways you can access information about Council. You can learn more about each method of obtaining information below. 

Open access information (mandatory release)

Certain information must be disclosed by us unless it is not in the public interest to do so. This is referred to as open access information and includes the following:

  1. An Information Guide 2017 which lists the Council information that is available free of charge on our website
  2. Policy documents
  3. Annual reports
  4. Long term financial plans and Revenue policy inclusive of fees and charges
  5. Council Management Plans
  6. Council Minutes and Agendas

Proactive release of information

In addition to the open access information that we must make available on our website, we also proactively release information with a commitment to providing as much information as possible for free or at the lowest possible cost unless there is an overriding public interest against public disclosure of the information.