Right to Information
The Queensland Government introduced a legislative framework in 2009 to encourage greater access to government information, including that of local government. This framework incorporates the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009.
The object of the Right to Information Act 2009 is to provide a right to access to information held by the government unless, on balance, it is contrary to the public interest to provide that information.
The Information Privacy Act 2009 provides a framework for the fair collection and handling of personal information, and access and amendment rights to a person's own personal information.
More information can be found with the Accessing Information Held By Government brochure.
Members of the public have a right to request amendment to their personal information on record with Council if they believe this personal information is inaccurate, misleading, out of date or incomplete. If you believe Council hold personal information of yours which may be inaccurate, misleading, out of date or incomplete, you should complete the Information Privacy Personal Information Amendment Application Form.
To access Council's documents, an application can be made under the Right to Information Act 2009 for non-personal information or the Information Privacy Act 2009 for personal information by completing a Right to Information and Information Privacy Access Application.
Before entering into the application process, please consider whether the documents may already be available through other means, such as our Publication Scheme, Council's website or by contacting the relevant department within Council. For further information in relation to Right to Information, Information Privacy, Administrative Access to documents or to lodge an application, please contact Council's Governance section:
Scenic Rim Regional Council
PO Box 25, Beaudesert, QLD 4285
T: 07 5540 5111
F: 07 5540 5103
Right to Information Fees and Charges, Timeframes and Review Rights
Right to Information Application
Application fees are set by the State Government in Section 4 of the Right to Information Regulation 2009 and increase annually on 1 July. The current application fee is $55.75. Following a submission of your application, a Customer Contact officer will be in touch with you to arrange for payment over the phone via credit card or alternatively, the application fee can be paid in person by cash, cheque or eftpos at any of Council's customer service centres.
Information Privacy Application
No application fee
Processing fees are set by the State Government inSection 5 of the Right to Information Regulation 2009 and increase annually on 1 July.
The processing charges for an RTI application are:
Processing charges will only be incurred if the total time taken to process the application is more than five hours.
Information Privacy Application
No processing fee
Access charges are set by the State Government in Part 3 of the Right to Information Regulation 2009 and represent cost recovery or a flat fee for photocopies (which may increase annually on 1 July). Details of the Access Charges can be found HERE.
There are currently no access charges payable for documents provided by email or on a disc.
The processing period for an application is 25 business days, subject to extension(s) in accordance with the Right to Information Act 2009 or by agreement between the Applicant and Council.
Applicants have 20 business days to lodge an internal review with Council or an external review with the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) from the date of their decision notice.
Information Privacy Principles
The Privacy Principles contained in the Information Privacy Act 2009 establish requirements about how public authorities such as Council can collect, store, use and disclose personal information (Personal information means any information from which your identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained).
Should you have any queries in relation to your privacy, please contact Council's Governance section on 07 5540 5111.
To access Council's Publication Scheme showing the classes of information that Council has available and the terms on which it will make the information available, please click below.