Freedom of Information Act

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

To protect privacy, public interest and business affairs, some documents may be exempt from access.

What can I access without making an FOI application?

The Council publishes an Information Statement(PDF, 238KB) which contains information about its functions and procedures, the types of documents it keeps, reports and publications and FOI arrangements (as required under Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 1982).

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.


How to apply for access to Council documents under the FOI Act

A fee of $29.60 is payable under the Act for the initial application. Additional fees and charges may apply depending on the complexity of your request. View current fees and charges here(PDF, 852KB)

Phone 03 5760 2600 to make an EFTPOS or credit card payment over the phone or download and complete the application form and send it back to us with a cheque for the full amount made payable to Benalla Rural City Council.

Download an application form here(PDF, 107KB) or complete the form below.


Please indicate whether you would like to inspect the documents and/or obtain a copy of the documents. * (required)

The Council's Freedom of Information Officer will be in touch with you within the next five business days to discuss your application.

For further information please contact the Council's FOI Officer on 03 5760 2600 or visit the website for the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner