Right to Information Act 2009

Right to Information Act 2009

Information disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009

The Right to Information Act 2009 commenced on 1 July 2010 and provides for greater access to information held by government bodies by:

Dorset Council is a public authority.

Why do we have a Right to Information Act?

Section 3 of the Act includes this statement of the objects of the Act:

(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.

How do I get access to information?

Dorset Council is required by the Right to Information Act 2009 to make information available to the public through proactive disclosure, this means we are to routinely make information available which will assist the public in understanding what it is we do and how we do it.

This is may be done via our website, through publications (e.g. fact sheets, or discussion papers), via reports (e.g. our Annual Report).

Some information is not released in this way, either because it is not of general public interest or because it is information the Council would need to assess against the exemptions in the Right to Information Act 2009 prior to disclosure.

If you cannot find the information via one of the means below contact the Council and we may be able to assist you in finding it or we may give it to you. If it is not freely available we will assist you to make an application for an assessed disclosure.

You may find information from Council in one of the following ways:

Direct from Council

Through the Service Tasmania Network

Via Tasmania Online

Through the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office (TAHO)If it is old information it may be deposited with the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office.

 

Applications for assessed disclosure

Right to Information Officer Dorset Council P.O. Box 21 SCOTTSDALE TAS 7260

Or email: dorset@dorset.tas.gov.au

A form to assist in making an application is available by clicking here

What will we do once we have your application?

Right to Information Officer Dorset Council P.O. Box 21 SCOTTSDALE TAS 7260

More Information about Proactive Disclosure in Council

Council Disclosure of Information Policy to be developed.

Right to Information Manual and Guidelines

The Manual and Guidelines will provide you with a little more detail on making requests under the RTI Act and how they are processed by the agency to which the request is sent.

These are available on the Office of the Ombudsmans website

Related Acts and Regulations

You can view, download and print the following Acts and Regulations made available by the Tasmanian Legislation Online website.

Right to Information Act 2009

Right to Information Regulations 2010