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Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information (FOI)

The Victorian Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives the general right to access information held by State and Local Government agencies.

Download a Freedom of Information Application Form

Download the Freedom of Information Fact Sheet

Your request must be in writing, clearly and accurately describe the documents you are seeking to access, be for specific documents or a group of documents.

Your FOI request (and payment of application fee) can be submitted to:

Customer Service Desk
South Gippsland Shire Council
9 Smith Street
Leongatha   VIC   3953

or Posted to:

Freedom of Information Officer
South Gippsland Shire Council
Private Bag 4
Leongatha   VIC   3953

Please be aware there are two costs associated with making a FOI request:

Application Fee  - $30.60
Fixed cost which is non-refundable *There may be an exception for people suffering hardship.

Access Charges
Costs incurred in granting access to the documents that you have requested.

  • Search charges - $22.93/hour or part of an hour.
  • Supervision charges - $22.93/hour or part of an hour.
  • Photocopying charges - 20c per black and white A4 page
  • Other charges (depending on the nature of your request) e.g. providing colour copying, arrangements to hear of view sound or visual images, providing written transcripts of recordings, and providing a qualified health service provider to explain health information may apply.

The charges are levied under the Freedom of Information (Access Charges) Regulations 2014 effective from 1 July 2018.
Accessed documents may be written, printed, electronic, maps, photographs and audio recordings. Not all documents are automatically available and some exemptions apply. Other documents which can be requested outside the Act include those containing public information, included in a public register and information available for purchase such as building permits/ plans.

Documents Available for Public Inspection

Freedom of Information Part II Statement

Freedom of Information Professional Standards

Victorian Government Freedom of Information Website