Victoria's Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) allows the community to access information held by a range of government agencies, including councils.
Not all information is automatically available. The Act allows an agency to refuse access to certain documents – often called ‘exempt’ documents.
Use the drop down menu below to find out more about Freedom of Information requests and the application process.
Council publishes a large amount of information online, we also provide services to view certain documentation. Please check to make sure the information that you are seeking is not already publicly available in the following locations.
Individuals wanting to make a freedom of information request must:
Other costs that may apply include:
If it becomes apparent that the access charges associated with the request are likely to exceed $50.00, Council will write to you and seek a deposit. You will be asked if you wish to continue with the application.
Please note, all fees and charges are exempt from GST.
If you wish to proceed with an FOI request, there is a number of ways you can do this, including the online application form below.
Click here to make an online FOI application
Alternatively, you can make your request in writing or download, print and complete the hardcopy FOI request form(PDF, 75KB) and either:
Send it by post to: The Freedom of Information Officer, Baw Baw Shire Council, PO Box 304, Warragul, VIC 3820.
Submit it in person over the counter at our Customer Service Centre.
The application fee for an FOI request is currently $31.80 and needs to be paid before Council can action the request.
Payment can be made:
Over the phone - Pay by Credit Card by calling our Customer Service Centre on 5624 2411.
By post - Attach a cheque or a money order to your hardcopy application form.
In person - Pay by EFTPOS, Credit Card, Cash, Cheque or Money Order when you submit your hardcopy application form over the counter at our Customer Service Centre.
On receipt of a valid FOI application, a decision must be made within thirty (30) days. Please note that this timeframe may be extended as follows:
You will be notified if there is any change to the timeframe for a decision to be made.
If you're refused access to documents or aren't satisfied with the action or decision taken by Council under the Act, you can apply in writing for a review of your original request. You should send this to:
Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner, PO Box 24274, Melbourne Victoria 3001
If you would like further information regarding the FOI Act this can be located on the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner’s (OVIC) website.
You can also view Baw Baw Shires Part II Statement here.(PDF, 211KB)