The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 ('GIPA Act') is the New South Wales Government's approach to giving the community greater access to information.
The GIPA ACT aims to make more information available, provide equal access to information across all sectors of the community and provide appropriate protection for the privacy of individuals.
Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, Council may decide by what means information will be released - if at all - in response to an informal request for access to information. The Act does not impose a timeframe to respond to informal requests for information.
Reasonable copying charges may be imposed by Council in the event that hard copies of the information are requested. The applicable fees are set out in Council's Fees and Charges.
To lodge an informal application with Council, please download a copy of Council's Informal Request for Information form.
Formal requests for access to information (referred to in the GIPA Act as an 'access application') must be made in the approved form and be accompanied by the application fee. Sufficient detail must be provided to enable Council to identify the information requested.
For a Formal Application to be valid, it must be in writing, specify it is made under the GIPA Act, provide an Australian postal address, be accompanied by the $30 fee and provide sufficient detail to enable Council to identify the information requested.
Under the Act, Council has 20 working days to determine how to deal with a Formal Application.
To lodge a Formal Application with Council, please download a copy of Council's Formal Request for Information form.
Formal Application Fees & Charges
The application fee for a Formal Application is $30. Cheques and money orders must be made payable to 'Camden Council'.
In addition to the application fee, a Formal Application may also incur the following charges:
- processing charges of $30/hour - the processing charge covers the time spent dealing efficiently with the application.
- an Advance Deposit - Council may request an Advance Deposit, advising of the estimated processing charge and giving at least four (4) weeks for payment to be made. Advance Deposits can be made for up to 50% of the total estimated processing charge.
Applicants may be entitled to a 50% reduction in processing charges on the grounds of financial hardship or if the information being applied for is of special benefit to the public generally. The Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009 states that the financial hardship reduction will apply if the applicant provides evidence that he or she:
- is the holder of a Pensioner Concession card issued by the Commonwealth that is in force
- is a full-time student
- is a non-profit organisation (including a person applying for or on behalf of a not-for-profit organisation).
Submitting Your Application
Completed application forms, both Informal and Formal, should be sent to:
Senior Governance Officer
PO Box 183
CAMDEN NSW 2570
Fax: (02) 4654 7829