Strathbogie Shire Council

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Request for Information

How do I make a Request?

A request can be made by forwarding the following:

A request in writing providing sufficient information for the documents to be identified (e.g. name of report, date range, type of document).  You can submit your application by letter or by using the Freedom of Information application form.

An application fee of $28.40, which increases each year on 1 July.  Application fees may be waived in certain circumstances (e.g. for applicants who can demonstrate financial hardship).

Forward your request together with the fee to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Strathbogie Shire Council
PO Box 177
Euroa  VIC  3666

Or in person at Strathbogie Shire Council offices, 109A Binney Street, Euroa

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act you will receive a response within 45 days.

Charges

Additional charges may apply:

Search time - $21.30 per hour
Photocopying – 20 cents per A4 page
Supervised viewing - $5 per quarter hour

Should the estimated charges exceed $50 the applicant will be contacted and asked for a deposit and to confirm that they wish to continue with the request.

Refusal of a Request?

Not all documents are eligible for release.  The Freedom of Information Act allows an agency to refuse access to certain documents, which are called ‘exempt’ documents.

Examples of these documents (and the relevant section of the Freedom of Information Act) include:

  • Some internal working documents – section 30
  • Documents covered by legal professional privilege (such as legal advice – section 32)
  • Documents affecting personal privacy  – section 33
  • Documents containing ‘commercial in confidence’ or trade secrets – section 34
  • Information obtained in confidence – section 35
  • Matters considered by Council at a closed meeting – section 38A

What if my Request is Refused?

If you are refused access to documents, or are not satisfied with the decision taken by the Freedom of Information Officer you have the right to apply for a review of your original request to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner.

More information on the role of the FOI Commissioner and how to request a review or make a complaint can be found on the Freedom of Information Commissioner's website.

For additional information visit the Freedom of Information website.

Part II Statement

Council is required under the Act to publish a Part II Statement, which outlines:

  • Functions of Council
  • Documents maintained by Council
  • Documents prepared for publication or public inspection
  • Subscriptions and mailing lists
  • Advisory boards and committees
  • Libraries

Download a copy of Council's Part II Statement.



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