Fees and Charges
Access to Information Request
There is no application fee for a request for access to information however Council can charge a fee for copying as per Council’s adopted Revenue Policy.
Formal Access Application
An application fee is payable in accordance with Council’s adopted Revenue Policy. This fee is set by the GIPA Act and the GIPA Regulations. The application is invalid until the fee is paid.
Council can impose a charge for processing an application.
The processing charge is calculated at an hourly rate in accordance with Council’s adopted Revenue Policy. However, the application fee paid with formal applications counts towards these charges.
Under certain circumstances an applicant may be entitled to a 50% reduction in the processing charge (not the application fee).
A 50% reduction in the processing charge imposed will apply if Council is satisfied that the applicant is suffering financial hardship or is satisfied that the information applied for is of special benefit to the public generally.
If an Access Application is made for personal information about the applicant (the applicant being an individual), the fee for the first 20 hours of processing time will be waived.
Information made available on Council’s website is also available for viewing free of charge at Council’s administration office. If hard copies are required, a copying charge will be levied in accordance with Council’s adopted Revenue Policy.