The Right to Information Act 2009 commenced on 1 July 2010. In accordance with this Act, a legally enforceable right is provided to members of the public 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.
The Burnie City Council provides information to the public through proactive disclosure. This information is available via our website under the Council tab and includes Annual Plans, Strategic Planning, Budget Estimates, Local Laws and Regulations, Council Policies and various plans and strategies.
If you cannot find the information you require the following options below maybe of assistance
If the information is not freely available we will assist you to make an application for an assessed disclosure by completing the pdf application form on the right hand side of the page. Section 13 of the Right to Information Act 2009 details the application process for assessed disclosure of information;
13 (1) An application for assessed disclosure of information may be made to any public authority or Minister who the applicant believes has the information.
(2) A person who seeks –
(a) information in the possession of a public authority; or
(b) information in the possession of a Minister –
must make a written application to the public authority or Minister for an assessed disclosure of the information. details the process for assessed disclosure of information.
Please address your applications to:
Burnie City Council
Executive Manager Corporate Finance
PO Box 973
BURNIE TAS 7320
Or email: email@example.com
Applications are to be accompanied by the application fee. This fee is 25 fee units, which is $36.00 as at 1 July 2010 and is indexed annually.
You may apply to have the fee waived if you are in financial hardship;
evidence provided to support your receipt of Centrelink or veterans affairs payments;
if you are a member of parliament and the application is in connection with your official duty; or
evidence provided which shows that the information sought is intended to be used for a purpose that is of general public interest or benefit.
Make sure you have looked for the information you require before you make a formal application, because if the information is otherwise available, your application may be refused without the return of your application fee.
An officer will then 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 seek a review of the decision. Some information on reviews by the Ombudsman can be found on the Office of the Ombudsman's website.