Government Information Public Access Act - Shoalhaven City Council

About GIPA

On 1st July 2010 the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 known as the GIPA Act (new window), replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1989 and the right to document access and publication requirements of section 12 of the Local Government Act 1993.

The GIPA Act introduces a new right to information system that is focused on making government information more readily available. This means that information will generally be released unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

The GIPA Act encourages the routine and proactive release of government information, including information held by providers of goods and services contracted by government agencies.
In summary, there are four ways in which Council information will be available.  

  1. Mandatory release. Council must publish certain information on its website, free of charge. If the information is not available on Council’s website, you may inspect a copy of the information at Council’s offices during normal business hours free of charge. If you wish to obtain a hard or electronic copy of the information, charges may apply.
  2. Proactive release. Council can proactively release additional information in an appropriate manner and either free of charge or at the lowest reasonable cost. Council publishes a range of additional information on this website. Council will review its program for proactive release of information every 12 months.
  3. Informal request. Council can release information informally. You can apply for informal access to information without the need for a formal application. You can download an informal application request (PDF 31 kb) or email Council at
  4. Formal request. Council can release information in response to a formal application. You can download a formal application form (PDF 31 kb).

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