Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives members of the public a legal right of access to documents in the possession of the Council and its officer, which were created or received by Council, or are documents relating to their (the public’s) own personal affairs.

Under section 17(2) of the FOI Act, requests for access to information must be:

  • In writing
  • Provide sufficient information to enable the document(s) to be located
  • Accompanied by application fee (as listed on the application form)

Addressed to:
Freedom of Information Officer
PO Box 84
Camperdown Vic 3260
Or e-mail

Further search charges may also be incurred and applicants will be notified in writing of any charges.

Applicants should also indicate the form in which access is required, for example does the applicant wish to view the documents at Council’s offices or receive copies of the documents via mail.

On receipt of a valid request Council will respond within the required timeframes.

The protection of the personal affairs and commercial business may cause some documents to be exempted from access.

  • Documents affecting personal privacy (such as names, addresses, phone numbers) - section 33(1)
  • Documents relating to trade secrets (putting a commercial business at an unreasonable disadvantage) - section 34(1)
  • Documents affecting legal proceedings (legal advice or opinions) - section 32(1)
  • Documents prepared for and used at a meeting closed to the public (such as minutes, reports) - section 38A

Where a decision is made to refuse or defer access, the applicant will be notified in writing of the reasons for denial/deferral. If the applicant is not satisfied with the reasons he/she can seek a review from the Freedom of Information Commissioner.

Office of the Freedom of Information Commissioner
PO Box 24274
Melbourne Victoria 3001

FOI Application Form(PDF, 52KB)

For further information about FOI, contact Council’s Freedom of Information Officer on 5593 7100.