Right to Information Right to Information

From 1 July 2009 the Right to Information Act 2009 ("the Act") replaced the Freedom of Information
Act 1992 and the Information Privacy Act 2009 replaced Queensland's administrative privacy regime
IS42 and IS42A.
The Premier has directed that all agencies publish a publication scheme that explains the information
that the public can access. This scheme sets out classes of information and the terms on which
council will make this information available.

Information that is Exempt
The Right to Information Act sets out a range of information that is exempt from publication. If you make a request for information which the Council considers to be exempted, we will advise you of the reasons for the exemptions.

Charges for Information
There will be no charge for examining any Publication Scheme information contained on the Council’s web site.
However, there may be a charge if a large volume of printed material is required. You will be told about any photocopying charges at the time of your request.  The cover price will be charged for any publications produced by the Council for sale. Charges will be kept under review and there is no intention to charge for material that has previously been available for free.
Our publication scheme lists information which you can routinely obtain from McKinlay Shire Council. It has been developed to give the community greater access to information. The information is organised into seven groups. 

Making an Application
Under the Right to Information Act 2009 any person has the right of access to most documents held by Council. Documents held by Council include paper files, print-outs, computer records, files, visual material and audio recordings.
Applications must be made by completing the application form below. All applications must provide sufficient information to enable the identification of the documents requested as well as certified identification of the applicant, e.g. driver's licence, birth certificate etc. within 10 business days of lodging the application. Council's RTI Officer will determine if the information or document requested is available under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009.

RTI & IP Application form  

Information Privacy amendment form   

Applications relating to 'personal information' do not require an application fee.
You will be given notices outlining:
• That you are required to pay a charge
• What the estimated charge may be
• What the basis is for calculating the estimate
• That you can consult with the agency to amend the application in order to reduce the charge
• That you must agree in writing to pay the application charge, withdraw or request waiver of charges on the grounds of financial hardship.

Council has 25 business days in which to provide applicants with a decision regarding access for information. There are some factors that can alter this limit as per s.69 of the Act.

It is strongly recommended you contact Council before submitting an application as the information you require may already be available.