Freedom of information and privacy

Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation has become part of the political fabric in Australia since its introduction in the early 1980s.

The Federal Government and all states have their own FOI Acts. Local councils in Victoria have only been subject to FOI legislation since 1 January 1994.

FOI is associated with open government and the democratic process. Having access to government information is seen as a crucial part of the ability of any person to participate in how they are governed.

Four main functions of the FOI Act

  • Providing a general right of access to documents.
  • Enabling individuals to amend inaccurate, incomplete or out-of-date information about them held by government.
  • Providing rights of appeal in relation to the previous two functions.
  • Requiring agencies to publish certain details about themselves and their functions.

Request for access to Council documents

A valid request for access to Council documents under the FOI Act must observe all the following criteria:
be in writing
be accompanied by a $27.90 application fee
provide such information as is reasonably necessary to enable the documents to be identified.

In accordance with the FOI legislation, Council has 45 days to respond to requests. Search, access and copying charges, allowable under the Act, are also applicable to each application.

Download Council's FOI application form (Word Doc, 60KB) or print version (PDF,100KB)

Send completed form to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Cardinia Shire Council
PO Box 7
Pakenham 3810

Download Cardinia's FOI Act Part II Statement which provides information relating to:

  • Organisational structure
  • Council functions
  • Decision making powers
  • Documents held by Council
  • Documents available for publication and inspection
  • Newsletters, websites and social media
  • Procedure for accessing documents
  • Council committes and other groups

Information privacy policy

We believe that the responsible handling of personal information is a key aspect of democratic governance, and is strongly committed to protecting an individual's right to privacy. Our Information Privacy Policy (PDF, 75KB) explains some of these principles and how they may apply to you.


For more information contact Council's Freedom of Information Officer on 1300 787 624.

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