Towong Shire

Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

The Victorian Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to request documents held by Council and created after 1 January 1999. The legislation also gives you the right to access documents about your personal affairs, the activities of government agencies and to request that incorrect or misleading information about you be amended or removed.

If you are making a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, please fill out the form below and return to Council along with the prescribed fee. All fees are determined by the Freedom of Information (Access Charges) Regulation 1993 (see the link below for further details).

Council must respond to FOI requests within 30 days. However, not all information is automatically available. The Freedom of Information Act allows an agency to refuse access to certain documents. These documents are often called ‘exempt’ documents.

Examples of exempt documents are:

  • Law enforcement documents;
  • Confidential matters considered by Council;
  • Some internal working documents;
  • Documents covered by legal professional privilege such as legal advice;
  • Documents containing personal information about other people;
  • Documents containing ‘commercial in-confidence’ material;
  • Information obtained in confidence; and
  • Personal details of others.

What if my Freedom of Information application is refused?

If you are refused access to documents or are not satisfied with the action or decision taken by Council under the FOI Act, you have the right to apply for a review of your original request. This can be done by applying in writing to:

Chief Executive Officer
Towong Shire Council
PO Box 55
Tallangatta VIC 3700

Council must receive the request for a review within 28 days of the date of the original letter written to you. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, you may lodge a further review with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. For further information go to the Freedom of Information website.

Documents available for public inspection

Legislation also requires Council to make certain documents available for public inspection. This applies to documents that are provided by Council for the use or guidance of Council or its officers in making decisions or providing advice to persons outside Council with respect to rights, privileges, benefits, obligations or penalties.

Check the Council Plans, Strategies and Reports and the Policies, FOI and Disclosures section of this website for publicly available documents or contact Council to arrange access specific publicly available documents.

Downloads

 

Freedom of Informatiom Request Form (PDF 218 KB)

Last updated: 02 July 2018