Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives everyone the right to request documents held by the Council.

The act applies to people but not to privately owned businesses. To protect privacy, public interest and business affairs, some documents may be exempt from access.

What can I access without making an FOI application?

Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 requires Benalla Rural City Council to publish a range of information about its functions and procedures, the types of documents it keeps, reports and publications and FOI arrangements(PDF, 266KB) .

What can I apply for access to under the FOI Act?

The FOI Act does not apply to documents already publicly available or available for a fee.

 The FOI Act gives people the right to

  • request documents relating to their personal affairs
  • request information about any of the activities of a government agency
  • request that incorrect or misleading information held by an agency about that individual be amended or removed.

More information

For further information on what you can access and how to make a request, please visit the website for the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner

Fees and charges apply for Freedom of Information applications. View current fees and charges here(PDF, 482KB) .

To help ensure that a valid application is made or for any other enquiries related to FOI, call our Customer Service Centre on 03 5760 2600 and ask for the Freedom of Information Officer.