Freedom of Information
Access to public information held by the City does not require lodgement of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. There are also many public documents available on this website such as the Agenda and Minutes of Meetings, Local Laws, Town Planning Scheme and Strategic Plan, to name just a few. Before lodging a Freedom of Information request, contact the City’s Records Section on 9273 6000 and ask about the specific information you wish to access. You may well find you don’t need an FOI request.
In a situation where an FOI request is required, it should be lodged in writing with enough details to enable the requested documents to be identified. An address in Australia and where possible a contact telephone number should be provided.
There is an application fee of $30 and charges for dealing with the application. However, no fee applies to requests for your own personal information.
Applications take a response time of 45 days, but if the information sought is subject to litigation, this time period may be renegotiated.
For your information, the Western Australian Freedom of Information Act 1992 gives people a right to access documents of an agency, subject to the sensitivity of the document and the exemptions applied pursuant to the Act. The Act is designed to make State and local government more open and accountable to the public by creating a general right of access.
Exemptions for some documents include protection of essential public interest, personal information, commercial or business information, law enforcement, public safety and property security, confidential communications, deliberative processes, legal professional privilege and so on.
If you have to lodge an FOI request, it should be addressed to:
Chief Executive Officer
City of Vincent
PO Box 82
LEEDERVILLE WA 6902
Please refer to Access Arrangements (at right) for further information.