Council is commited to proactive disclosure which increases the flow of information through pushing information out into the community without the need to make a formal application under a legislative authority.
Council’s Administrative Access Scheme provides the public with the opportunity to access information through less formal channels than through the legislated Right to Information or Information Privacy access application process.
Where possible, the South Burnett Regional Council will proactively release information through the Administrative Access Scheme. A significant amount of information is also currently accessible via Council's Publication Scheme.
Who can apply?
Anyone can apply for Council information, however there is no guarantee that access will be given to all information applied for.
In most cases the Administrative Access Scheme is used for applicants who require access to their own personal information.
Information which may be accessed
Any information, as long as it is not exempt, may be accessed under the Administrative Access Scheme.
In some cases, Council may redact or remove some information before providing it to ensure confidential information and/or individuals privacy is protected.
Information not able to be accessed
Information that will not be released under this scheme includes:
- Information that is prohibited from release under law
- Information that is exempt under the Right to Information Act 2009 and/or Information Privacy Act 2009
- Information in draft form
- Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in archives or is difficult to access for similar reasons
For example, a common enquiry is for access to complaint documents and information. This type of information is communicated to Council in confidence and is considered confidential, and the release of this type of information may affect the future supply of this type of information.