Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1982 gives the community a legal right to access certain Council documents. Moreland City Council is subject to the Freedom of Information Act and responds to requests directly related to its operations.

Any person may request access to information that is held by Moreland City Council.

Principles of the Freedom of Information Act

  • The public has a legal right of access to information.
  • The public can request any information held by the government, provided that it is not information that is exempt under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Local governments are required to publish information concerning the documents they hold.
  • People may request that inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date or misleading information in their personal records be amended.
  • People may appeal against a decision not to give access to the information or not to amend a personal record.

A person has a right to seek access to:

  • documents relating to their own personal affairs regardless of the age of the documents, and
  • information that is incorporated in a record of an agency on or after 1 January 1989.

Application fee

The Freedom of Information application fee is $27.90.

Council may levy additional charges for the provision of information. Section 17 of the Regulations sets out the charges, and they are listed on the Freedom of Information application form (DOC 26Kb).

Request information under Freedom of Information

What you need

The request must contain sufficient information to enable the Freedom of Information Officer to identify the information you request.

How to apply

Requests to access documents under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1982 must be made using the Freedom of Information application form (DOC 26Kb).

Send the completed form to Council, attention Freedom of Information Officer:

  • submit a request online
  • Post to Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland 3058, or
  • In person to Moreland City Council, 90 Bell Street, Coburg.

Council will email or post you an invoice which includes a reference number which you can use to pay the Freedom of Information application fee online with a Visa or MasterCard.

Alternatively, you can include a cheque for the application fee when you post your application or pay in person at a Council Citizens Service Centre.

What happens after you apply

Upon receiving the application form and fee, Council will process the freedom of information application.

Council must notify an applicant about the decision regarding a request within 45 days of receiving the request.

Where a decision is made to refuse, partially refuse or defer access, the applicant will be notified in writing of the reasons for the refusal and the procedures available to appeal the decision.

Council will also advise if any additional charges will be levied for the provision of information. You can pay additional Freedom of Information charges online with a Visa or MasterCard, post a cheque or pay in person at a Council Citizens Service Centre.