- Last updated:
- 11 Jul 2016
Requests for access to documents under the Right to Information (RTI) and Information Privacy (IP) legislation exclude documents that are readily available by other means. For example, minutes of council meetings are mostly readily available public documents, which can be accessed by the community. Before making a formal Right to Information application, check council’s website or contact council about the location and availability of information.
The following Acts offer a formal way to request access to council information that is not publicly available.
Information privacy applications
- access to personal information in council’s possession or under council’s control
- amending personal information in council’s possession or under council’s control.
Access is provided unless giving access or allowing an amendment is not in the public interest.
Fees and charges
There are no fees to access or amend personal information under the IP Act.
You cannot apply online. You must download and complete an application form. Send the completed form to council. These forms are on the Right to Information website.
Right to Information applications
To access documents that do not contain your personal information, you need to lodge an RTI application. This includes:
- documents which are not about you
- documents about another person
- a council decision or policy.
Fees and charges
The application fee from 1 July 2016 is $46.40. Cheque or money-order must be made payable to Sunshine Coast Council. You may also be charged for:
- processing documents (if your application takes longer than five hours to process) - $7.20 for each 15 minutes or part thereof
- access to documents (A4 photocopy black and white) - $0.25 for each page.
You cannot apply online. You need to download and complete an application form from the RTI website. Send the completed form to council with your fee payment.
- RTI application form (at the bottom of the page)
Council is required to process your application within 25 business days from receiving a valid application. This timeframe can be extended in some circumstances (for example where council needs to consult with a third party, or council requests additional time to consider the application).
Submit your application
Send completed applications to:
Right to Information
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Locked Bag 72
SCMC Qld 4560
For more information please contact council's RTI team: