Accessing Council Information

How we make information available to the public and where to find it.

We make information available through a range of options.  Publishing this information reflects our commitment to transparency and openness. It also meets the commitments outlined in our Public Transparency Policy and the Local Government Act 2020.

What information do we make available and where?

Information is available through:

  • our websites, social media and printed publications.
  • documents at our customer service centres (both on display and available by request).
  • release under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
  • key Council budget briefings open to the public.
  • any other appropriate means as determined by Council, the Chief Executive Officer, or the Head of Governance and Legal. 
  • All information is publicly available unless it is confidential, or its release would not be in the public interest. 

Publicly available information includes:

Council's Part-II-Statement.pdf(PDF, 853KB)  describes our powers and functions, the documents and information we keep and the ways you can access them. 

Council and committee information

 

Annual Report and Budget

The Shire publishes Council’s Annual Report in alignment with the Local Government Act 2020. Council’s Annual Report and adopted Budget is available to view on this website and at Council Customer Service centres.

Information, including that contained in registers previously available online or for inspection is now published in Council’s Annual Report and Council’s Budget.

This includes:

  • interstate and overseas travel
  • special committees established by Council
  • contracts exceeding prescribed amount not tendered
  • leases
  • grants, subsidies and donations 

Publications

Council publishes newsletters, reports and information online in the news and media section of our website. Some of this information is also available for viewing at our customer service centres or provided in hard copy. Council can assist you in accessing these publications by contacting Customer Service.

Freedom of information (FOI)

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives right of access to documents held by Council. Find more information about Freedom of Information, including how to make an application for documents.

Building and Planning information

Council makes building and planning information publicly available in accordance with relevant legislation. This includes a range of Building Information certificates, Report and Consent, copies of House plans and adjoining owner information required for specific building applications.

Planning information, including advertised planning applications, existing planning permits and planning scheme amendments are also available.