The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act), gives people a general right to access information held by State and Local Government agencies.
The Act allows access to documents held, including those about your personal affairs.
You can request that agencies amend or delete incorrect or misleading personal information held about you.
You can request access to any documents held by Bayside City Council, but there are some exemptions under the Act. The more common exemptions relevant to Local Government are:
FOI requests should be made using the online form below and accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $28.90 paid via online credit card facility.
Please email us at foi [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Freedom%20of%20Information%20Request) if you would like a printable application form.
Further charges may be imposed to recover, in part, the cost of accessing the required information and for the time spent by Council officers in providing such information. Your request must clearly describe the document(s) being sought and must include your name, address, contact telephone number(s) and in what form the documents are required (e.g. paper copy of inspection only).
If your request relates to the correction or amendment of your own personal information held by Council, you will need to specify how and why you believe the information about you is incorrect, incomplete, misleading or out of date, by providing details of the amendments that need to be made.
The application fee may be waived or reduced in certain circumstances (e.g. for applicants who hold a current health care or pension card - a copy of the relevant card must be submitted along with the FOI request form). Application fees are reviewed on 1 July each year.
Under the Act there is a 30 day timeframe from receiving a valid request to make a decision on whether to release the document(s) and 30 days to make a decision relating to the correction or amendment of personal information. Extensions to this time may be required if third party consultation is required. You will be notified in writing of this decision.
When you receive a decision about your request, you will be advised of your rights to seek an internal review of the decision.
For more information, email foi [at] bayside.vic.gov.au or call (03) 9599 4444.