After 20 years of governing how citizens can seek information from their Government, the Freedom of Information Act 1989 has been repealed and replaced with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPAA).
The GIPA Act creates new rights to information that are designed to meet community’s expectations of more open and transparent government. It encourages the routine and proactive release of government information, including information held by providers of goods and services contracted by government agencies.
Members of the public seeking access to Council information should initially search this section of the website.
If the information is not referenced in this section, the public should contact a Council Right to Information Officer, detailed as follows:
Neil Baldwin (02) 6670 2421
David Malone (02) 6670 2538
Peter Brack (02) 6670 2651
The Officer will either advise where the information is located or request that an Informal Access Request (264kb) form be lodged with Council. There is no charge for this request, however appropriate photocopying charges of obtained copies of information may apply.
The Officer will discuss the method of supply of the information, including likely timeframe. The Public will also be offered the opportunity to inspect and obtain copies of the information from Council's Murwillumbah Administration Office between the hours of 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
In limited circumstances, a Right to Information Officer will inform an applicant that their access to information will require the lodgement of a Formal Access Application (266kb) with Council. The applicant will be required to pay an application fee of $30.00 and you may be required to pay an additional charge for processing the application ($30/hour).
The Agency Information Guide describes the structure and functions of Council, the various types of information it holds and how people can access it.
GIPAA Agency Information Guide (209kb)
Documents about Council that have been tabled in Parliament:
Tweed Shire Council Public Inquiry (DLG website)
Transcript of Public Hearings - 16 December, 2004 (70kb)
Inquiry Commissioner's Opening Address - 16 February 2005 (63kb)
Inquiry Commissioner's First Report - Recommendations Only (123kb)
Inquiry Commissioner's First Report - Full Report (9.85mb)
Inquiry Commissioner's Second Report (29.2mb)
Council is required by legislation to have certain policies available to the public, such as the Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice. To function in accordance with various legislation,
Council has adopted a considerable number of local policies. All these policies are reviewed at least every four years and amended or deleted as required. Any changes to policies must be adopted by Council.
View Council's Policies
View Council Annual Reports
View Management Plans and Programs
View Council Meeting Documents
View Tweed Planning Documents (including the DCP and LEP)
View all Council Application Forms
View Section 94 (S94) Developer Contribution Plans
View Section 64 (S64) Water and Sewer Development Servicing Plans
Council is required by legislation to maintain the following registers, which must be made available to the public either proactively on the website or informally through a Right to Information Officer:
Agencies need to set up a disclosure log showing what information has been released in response to formal access applications, when it was released and whether other members of the public can also have access to it.
Tweed Shire Council formal access application determinations under the GIPA Act 2009 are published in a list below.
The Council Contracts Register (45kb) contains information on those contracts to which Council is a party and valued at or over $150,000. The Contracts Register applies to Class 1, 2 and 3 contracts. The information contained in the register for each class is summarised by:
Frequently Asked Questions (55kb)
Office of the Information Commissioner NSW Website
Access to Council Information and Services is also available on Council’s smart phone answer space m.tweed.nsw.gov.au