Right to Information

Every member of the public has the right to access certain government information. Kingborough Council is committed to providing information in order to provide a clear and transparent government and comply with appropriate legislation.

The Right to Information Act 2009 provides a legally enforceable right to members of the public in accordance with this Act, to obtain information contained in the records of the Government and public authorities.

Section 3 defines the object of the Right to Information Act 2009.

(1) The object of this Act is to improve democratic government in Tasmania:
(a) by increasing the accountability of the executive to the people of Tasmania; and
(b) by increasing the ability of the people of Tasmania to participate in their governance; and
(c) by acknowledging that information collected by public authorities is collected for and on behalf of the people of Tasmania and is the property of the State.
(2) This object is to be pursued by giving members of the public the right to obtain information held by public authorities and Ministers.
(3) This object is also to be pursued by giving members of the public the right to obtain information about the operations of Government.
(4) It is the intention of Parliament:
(a) that this Act be interpreted so as to further the object set out in subsection (1); and
(b) that discretions conferred by this Act be exercised so as to facilitate and promote, promptly and at the lowest reasonable cost, the provision of the maximum amount of official information.

Accessing information

Kingborough Council provides information to the public through this website, and through the release of publications such as the Annual Report, Strategies, Plans, Policies, and By-laws.
If you cannot find the information you require using the the website, please feel free to contact us.
If the information is not freely available we will assist you to make an application for an assessed disclosure.
Applications are to be accompanied by the application fee, which is currently $46.75.
You may apply to have the fee waived if you are in financial hardship.

Make sure you have looked for the information you require before you make formal application, because if the information is otherwise available, your application may be refused without the return of your application fee.
We will process your application and may refer the request to another public authority if they are better placed to provide the information. We will assess your application against the Right to Information Act 2009 and let you know the outcome of that process in writing. If the application or part of the application is refused, then the reasons for the refusal to provide the information must be provided as part of the decision, together with details on the right to see a review of the decision.

Make a request for information

To make a request for information under the Right to Information Act 2009, please use our Right to Information Form (PDF).

Please send your applications to the Right to Information Officer – kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au or in writing to Locked Bag 1, Kingborough 7050.