The Huon Valley Council has adopted a policy regarding access to information kept on Council's records.
The Huon Valley Council Access to Information Policy June 2008 sets out the following matters:
The Policy can be downloaded from this website below and is available for inspection at the Council Offices at 40 Main Street, Huonville.
You may find information from the Huon Valley Council in one of the following ways:
Council Website -
Through the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office (TAHO)
If it is old information it may be deposited with the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office.
Via Tasmania Online
Via Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT)
Via Local Government Government Division (LGDiv)
Direct from the Council
Purchase of Information Procedure
To purchase information you will be required to complete an Access to Information application form which can be downloaded from this website below or is available from Council Offices at 40 and 40A Main Street, Huonville.
Depending on the information sought to be purchased fees and charges will apply and be required to be paid prior to provision of the information.
Every attempt will be given to provide the information to you on lodgement of the application but, depending on the nature of the information sought further search time may be required by Council and every endeavour will be given to provide the information within 15 working days or you will otherwise be notified of any delays.
Applications may be lodged in the following manner:
Right to Information Act Applications
The Right to Information Act 2009 commenced on 1 July 2010 and provides for greater access to information held by government bodies by:
Authorising and encouraging greater routine disclosure of information held by public authorities without the need for requests or applications;
The Huon Valley Council is a public authority.
Section 3 of the Act includes this statement of the objects of the Act:
(1) The object of this Act is to improve democratic government in Tasmania -
(a) by increasing the accountability of the executive to the people of Tasmania; and
(b) by increasing the ability of the people of Tasmania to participate in their governance; and
(c) by acknowledging that information collected by public authorities is collected for and on behalf of the people of Tasmania and is the property of the State.
(2) This object is to be pursued by giving members of the public the right to obtain information held by public authorities and Ministers.
(3) This object is also to be pursued by giving members of the public the right to obtain information about the operations of Government.
(4) It is the intention of Parliament -
(a) that this Act be interpreted so as to further the object set out in subsection (1); and
(b) that discretions conferred by this Act be exercised so as to facilitate and promote, promptly and at the lowest reasonable cost, the provision of the maximum amount of official information.
The right to obtain information under the Act does not apply to information that:
An RTI request will be dealt with in accordance with the Act however RTI requests can only be made for information that is not available for inspection under any Act or for purchase under Council's Access to Information Policy (June 2008).
An RTI Request will only be dealt with for information that is excluded from purchase under the Policy, such information may be portions of a document or a whole document depending on nature of the information requested.
An RTI request for information which can be purchased will be refused and an Access to Information Application will be required to be completed in accordance with the above procedure.
A pro-forma Right to Information Application for Assessed Disclosure has been developed and can be downloaded from this website below or is available from Council Offices at 40 and 40A Main Street, Huonville.
Requests are to be marked to the General Manager and may be lodged in the following manner:
Applications are to be accompanied by the application fee. This fee is 25 fee units, which is $36.00 as at 1 July 2012 and is indexed annually.
You may apply to have the fee waived if:
Make sure you have looked for the information before you make a formal application, because if the information is otherwise available your application may be refused without the return of you application fee.
We will check your application to make sure we have the information we need and that you have paid the application fee (or we will waive the fee).
We may transfer your application to another public authority if we do not believe we are best placed to provide you with the information.
Before your application is accepted, we may need to contact you to ask you about your application, this will help us to understand your request.
Once we have done these steps an officer will assess your application against the Right to Information Act 2009 and let you know the outcome of that process in writing.
You will be be notified of the decision on your application for assessed disclosure as soon as practicable, but in no more than 20 working days of the application being accepted.
If your request is complex or for a large amount of information we may ask you to give us more time.
If there is a need to consult with a third party about their business affairs or about their personal information, more time is automatically given and we will let you know the outcome as soon as practicable, but no later than 40 working days - we will let you know if this is happening.
If the application or part of the application is refused, then the reasons for the refusal to provide the information must be provided as part of the decision together with details on the right to seek a review of the decision. This is done by writing to:
General Manager, Huon Valley Council, PO Box 210, HUONVILLE 7109
If the officer assessing your request does not get back to you in the timeframe allowed then we are taken to have refused your application and you are able to make an application for review to the Ombudsman if your choose. Some information on reviews by the Ombudsman can be found on the Office of the Ombudsman's website.
Fees and Charges
In accordance with the Policy Council has determined a general Schedule of Fees and charges relating to purchase of Council information.
Under State Government legislation some information is subject to fees and charges that have been set by the Government and some information may be also inspected free of charge.
If your application is for information that relates to your property, personal affairs or business dealing with Council the fees and charges will in some instances be reduced by 50%.
The Purchase of Information Fee Schedule can be downloaded from this website below and is available for inspection at the Council Offices at 40 and 40A Main Street, Huonville.