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Access to Information

On 1 July 2010, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA) commenced for all State Government Agencies, including Local Government. On that day, both the Freedom of Information Act and Section 12 of the Local Government Act were abolished and all applications for information and documents became subject to the GIPA legislation.

In accordance with Sections 25 and 26 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) Council must keep a record called its “Disclosure Log” that records information that details information released in response to access applications that Council considers may be of interest to other members of the public.

For further information on what information may be available and how to access that information, please follow the links below.

GIPA - Accessing Information

Gunnedah Shire Council is subject to NSW legislation that requires it to be open and accountable in the exercise of its functions, and to handle personal and health informatio...

GIPA - Information Available

Council will publish mandatory release, information on its website unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure or do so would impose an unreasonable addit...

GIPA - Exemptions To Access

Council may refuse a request for information if there is an overriding public interest against disclosure or if searching for the requested information would require unreasona...

GIPA - Accessing Information and Making an Application

The public may obtain access to information as follows: by searching the Council's website to see if it is already available by contacting Council and requesting the informati...

GIPA - Time Limits

In respect of formal applications, Council will notify applicants of the decision on an application within 20 working days, unless the applicant agrees to extend the time. Cou...

GIPA - Rights of Review and Appeal

Where a member of the public is refused access under a formal application under GIPA Act, staff will provide details of the reasons for refusal to the member of the public in...