Access Council Information

Right to information laws changed on 1 July 2010.

All New South Wales state and local government agencies reformed the way government-held information is provided to members of the public.

What came into effect on 1 July 2010 was the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 - GIPA.

It replaced previous access to information legislation, namely Freedom of Information (FoI) laws and Section 12 of the Local Government Act. The new right to information system requires councils and other government agencies to proactively release documents to improve openness, transparency and accountability in government.

Visit the Information and Privacy Commission NSW or contact Council on 9936 8100.


Publication Guide

Agency Information Guide (359KB)

North Sydney Council is committed to providing the community, and other outside agencies, with as much access as possible to information held by Council, consistent with the following principles:

  • Open and transparent government.
  • Consideration of the overriding public interest in relation to access requests.
  • Proactive disclosure and dissemination of information.
  • Respect for the privacy of individuals.

This document describes the organisation of Council's activities as they relate to public access to information and opportunities for involvement in local government. Publication of this guide is in accordance with Clause 20 of the GIPA Act.


Open Access Information

  1. Code of Conduct - Councillors and Staff, refer to the Policy Manual

  2. Code of Meeting Principles and Practices, refer to the Policy Manual

  3. Annual Report

  4. Annual Financial reports

  5. Auditor's report (in Statement of Accounts)

  6. Integrated planning: Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program & Operational Plan, Resourcing Strategy

  7. Equal Employment Opportunity

  8. Mayor and Councillor Facilities and Benefits, refer to the Policy Manual

  9. Council Land Register

  10. Register of Investments - Investment and Loan Borrowings - quarterly report (4MB)

    also refer to monthly Council meetings).

  11. Section 6 of the GIPA Act requires that open access information must be disclosed on the website of an agency unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure. For local councils, this includes the disclosure of the returns of interest of councillors and designated persons (staff).

    Returns of pecuniary interests of Councillors: individual Councillor pages

    Returns of pecuniary interests of designated persons and delegates: List of Staff Names (15MB)

    (Redacted of personal information: signatures and home address numbers.)

  12. Declarations of Candidate's Campaign and Political Donations:

    Part 8A, Section 328A of the Local Government Act 1993, requires the Council to keep a register of copies of current declarations of disclosures of political donations lodged by Councillors with the Electoral Commission NSW. Satisfying this condition is this link to Electoral Commission NSW.

    (However, members of the public may request copies of the disclosures of campaign and political donations. To request a copy please contact Document Management Services Manager, on 9936 8100.)

  13. Agendas, Business Papers, and Reports for Council and Committee meetings
    but not including business papers for matters considered when part of a meeting is closed to the public.

  14. Minutes of Council and Committee meetings
    contain the resolutions and recommendations from the meeting.

  15. Planning and Development Voting Register
    Please call council on 9936 8100 to obtain a record of the voting on Planning & Development matters considered at meetings of Council.

  16. Register of Delegations of Authority

  17. Annual reports of bodies exercising function delegated by Council - Nil.

  18. Plans and Policies
    Local Policies adopted by the Council concerning approvals and orders.

    Plans of Management for community land.

    Environmental planning instruments, Development Control Plans and plans made under Section 94AB of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 applying to land within the Council's area.

    North Sydney Council Policy Manual Register of Policy Documents

  19. Information about Development Applications (DAs)
    DA Tracking - lodgement documentation and determination available online

    Records of approvals granted, any variation from Local Policies with reasons for the variation, and decisions made on appeals concerning approvals Approved DAs from 2005 onwards are on the DAs Approved section.

    Additional Development Application information is available in accordance with Government Information Public Access Regulation 2018, Schedule 1.

    For DAs and associated documents made after 1 July 2010, information that is not disclosed in DA Tracking may be requested by Online Form: GIPA - informal access to information.
    DAs and associated documents prior to 2010 may be requested by Online Form: GIPA - formal access application form

  20. Information Relating to Approval, orders and other Documents
    Can be requested by Online form: GIPA - informal access to information

    Should there be sufficient public demand to publish the information Council will consider making some of the following online:
    • Applications for approvals under part 7 of the LGA.
    • Applications for approvals under any other Act and any associated documents received.
    • Records of approvals granted or refused, any variation from Council Policies with reasons for the variation, and decisions made on appeals concerning approvals.
    • Orders under part 2 of Chapter 7 of the LGA and any reasons given under section 136 of the LGA.
    • Orders given under the Authority of any other Act.
    • Records of building certificates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 available for inspection by completing.
    • Plans of land proposed to be compulsorily acquired by the Council.
    • Compulsory Acquisition Notices.
    • Leases and licenses for the uses of Public Land classified as Community Land.

  21. Food Shops report - current report (242KB)
  22. Contracts report - current report (263KB)

  23. Voluntary Planning Agreements register

  24. Exception to Development Standards register

  25. Protection of the Environment Operations Act
    POEA - current notices and orders (290KB)
    POEA - prosecutions and civil proceedings (134KB)
    These two show the current Clean Up Notices and Prosecutions and Civil Proceedings, Noise Control & Prevention Notices.

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