Freedom of Information
The Shire of Corrigin is an open and accountable Local Government and wherever possible will make documents available for public inspection outside of the Freedom of Information Act 1992. The general public can view a variety of Shire publications at the Shire Office at 9 Lynch St Corrigin, or online at the Shire's website.
If members of the public wish to obtain copies of any documents, then a charge may apply. For detailed information on costs involved, please read the Freedom of Information Charges section below.
For further information please contact the Governance Executive Officer on (08) 9063 2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Freedom Of Information Procedure And Access Agreements
The Shire of Corrigin supports open and accountable local government and will endeavour to make information available promptly and at the least possible cost. As previously stated whenever possible documents will be provided outside of the FOI process.
If information is not routinely available, the Freedom Information Act 1992 provides the right to apply for documents held by the Shire and to enable the public to ensure that personal information in documents is accurate, complete, up to date and not misleading.
Freedom of Information Applications
Access applications have to:
- Be in writing
- Give enough information so that the documents requested can be identified
- Give an Australian address to which notices can be sent; and
- Be lodged at the Shire Office with any application fee payable
Applications and enquiries should be addressed or delivered to:
Freedom of Information Coordinator
Shire of Corrigin
9 Lynch St (PO Box 221)
CORRIGIN WA 6375
Acknowledgement of Applications
Applications will be acknowledged in writing and you will be notified of the decision as quickly as possible and no later than 45 days after the application is received.
Freedom of Information Charges
A scale of fees and charges is set under the FOI Act Regulations. Apart from the application fee for non-personal information all charges are discretionary. No fees or charges apply for personal information or amendment of personal information about yourself (e.g. your medical records, details of employment etc.) Applications for other documents (i.e. which are non-personal in nature) require a $30.00 application fee to be paid when the application is lodged, and there may be other charges imposed by the agency as follows:
- $30 per hour (or pro rata for part of an hour) of staff time for dealing with an application. (Agencies cannot charge for locating the documents within the scope of your request.)
- $30 per hour (or pro rata for part of an hour) for supervision by staff when access is given to view documents; or the time taken by staff to prepare a transcript from a tape or make photocopies.
- 20 cents per photocopy.
- Actual cost incurred by the agency for preparing a copy of a tape, film or computerised information, or arranging delivery, packaging and postage of documents.
- Emailed copies of public documents will be provided free of charge.
- An advance deposit of 25% of the estimated charges may be required
- A further advance deposit of 75% of the estimated charges may be required to meet the charges for dealing with the application
For financially disadvantaged applicants or those issued with prescribed pensioner concession cards, the charge payable is reduced by 25% or may be waived in certain circumstances.
Access to documents can be granted by way of inspection, emailed electronic copy, a "hard" paper copy of a document, a copy of an audio or video tape, a computer disc, a transcript of a recorded, short hand or encoded document from which words can be reproduced.
Edited Copies of Documents
As a general rule the Shire will provide edited copies of documents where part of the document may be subject under the schedule of exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act for various reasons (eg, commercial considerations) or where there would be disclosure of personal information about an individual.
Notice of Decision
A notice of decision will be sent as soon as possible, within 45 days, and will include details such as:
- The date the decision was made
- The name and the designation of the officer who made the decision
- If the document is an exempt document; the reasons for classifying the matter exempt, or the fact that access is given to an edited document; and
- Information on the right to review and the procedures to be followed to exercise those rights
Refusal of Access
Applicants who are dissatisfied with a decision will be able to seek an internal review by the Chief Executive Officer.
If you disagree with the CEO's decision then you can apply to the Information Commissioner for an external review, and details would be advised to applicants when the internal review decision is issued.
FOI Application Form
Shire of Corrigin - Freedom of Information Statement 2016