Access to information

Your right to access Council information

This page summarises our information sharing processes and obligations. Randwick City Council is committed to the following principles regarding public access to documents and information. 

  • Open and transparent government
  • Consideration of the overriding public interest in relation to access requests
  • Proactive disclosure and dissemination of information
  • Respect for the privacy of individuals

What are Council's legal obligations ?

The Government Information (Public Access) Act (GIPA Act) came into effect on 1 July 2010, replacing the former freedom of information law.

The GIPA Act:

  • creates new rights to information that are designed to meet community expectations of more open and transparent government.
  • encourages government agencies to proactively release government information.

Council has an obligation under the Government Information (Public Access) Act (GIPA) to publicise certain 'open access information' on its website, unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information or unless to do so would impose unreasonable additional costs to Council.

Council also makes as much other information as possible publicly available in an appropriate manner, including on the Internet. Such information is also available free of charge or at the lowest reasonable cost.

I want to apply to access Council information ?

To make an application for access to information held by Council, please use our Informal Access to Information Request Form PDF, 1058.77 KB. Depending upon the nature of the request and the form of access requested charges may apply.

For formal applications under the GIPA Act use the GIPA Act Application Form PDF, 131.81 KB  (please note - $30.00 application fee applies). 

Our Access to Information Guidelines & FAQ documents identifys the documents and types of information that are available for public access and any restrictions that may apply. Council will assess all requests for access to documents and information in a timely manner and in accordance with the following:

You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW government information on the Information Privacy Commissioner website

Quick Links to Open Access Information

Council has an obligation under the Government Information (Public Access) Act (GIPA) to publicise certain 'open access information' on its website, unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information or unless to do so would impose unreasonable additional costs to Council.

Open access information to which the mandatory publication requirements apply, is comprised of:

Open Access InformationLink to the information on Council's websiteDefinition
Information Guide Information Guide PDF, 655.16 KBThe structure and functions of Randwick City Council as at 31 July 2013.
Policy DocumentsPoliciesDocuments used in connection with the exercise of the City's functions that affect the public.
Disclosure Log2016-17 GIPA Disclosure Log PDF, 224.32 KB Details about the type of information formally requested from Randwick City Council from 1 July 2010 onwards and which may be of interest to other members of the public.
Contracts RegisterContracts Register PDF, 153.6 KBRegister of contracts awarded by Randwick City Council valued at $150,000 or more.
Code of ConductCode of Conduct Policy PDF, 236.4 KBThe conduct obligations of Council officials.
Code of Meeting PracticeCode of Meeting Practice PolicyProcedures for Council and Council Committee meetings.
Annual ReportQuarterly and Annual ReportsCouncil's Annual Report and State of the Environment Report.
City Plan and Management/Operational Plans20 Year Randwick City PlanThe Randwick City Plan sets the direction for Randwick City over the next 20 years.  The Management Plan includes Council's capital works and financial plans and details about the delivery of services and facilities over the next four years.
Annual Financial Reports (includes Auditor's Report)Annual Operational Plan and BudgetGeneral purpose financial statements, including income statements, balance sheets and Auditor's Reports.
Equal Employment Opportunity PlanWorkforce Plan PDF, 2009.33 KBRandwick City Council's Equity and Diversity Plan.
Councillors' Expenses & Facilities PolicyCrs Expenses & Facilities PolicyPolicy for expenses incurred by and provision of facilities to Councillors.
Filming and photographyUsing a Public SpaceInformation for filming production or still photography.
Pecuniary Interests ReturnsAccess to Information Request Form PDF, 1058.77 KBCouncil's Register of Disclosure of Interests Returns.
This register is available for inspection at Council offices during Council office hours.
For access to this register or a particular return, complete (and submit) Council's Access to Information Request Form following the instructions on the form.
Council & Committee MeetingsBusiness Paper and MinutesBusiness Papers and Minutes for Council and Council Committee Meetings.
Land RegisterLand Register PDF, 268.74 KBA register of Council owned/managed land.
Register of InvestmentsBusiness Paper and MinutesA register of Council's investments is reported to Ordinary Council Meetings on a monthly basis. For access to the most up to date information go to the business paper for the most recent Ordinary Council Meeting.
Delegations of AuthorityDelegations of Authority Policy PDF, 484.86 KBA register of the functions delegated to Council's General Manager and to Council officers.
Graffiti removalGraffiti RemovalRandwick City Council adopts a pro-active approach to addressing the incidence of graffiti in the city and can provide you with information about graffiti removal.
Political donationsElectoral Funding AuthorityInformation regarding disclosures of political donations lodged by candidates, groups, members of parliament, local government Councillors, political parties and political donors can be found on the Electoral Funding Authority website.
Register of voting on planning & tender mattersRegistersA record is kept of the Councillors who vote for and against all planning and tender matters. Council also keeps a record of planning and tender decisions where staff recommendations are overturned.
Development controlDevelopment Control Plan (DCP)Environmental planning instruments, development control plans and contributions plans made under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act.
Development applicationsDA TrackingDevelopment applications and associated documents.
Additional information, such as DA submission letters are available upon request - complete (and submit) Council's Access to Information Request Form following the instructions on the form.
Building CertificatesBuilding CertificatesRecord of Building certificates issued under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act.
For access to this information complete (and submit) Council's Access to Information Request Form following the instructions on the form.
Leases and LicencesLease Register PDF, 93.12 KBLeases and Licences of Council Owned/Managed Land.
Plans of Management for Community LandPlans of ManagementCouncil's Plans of Management for land classified (under the Local Government Act)
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