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Index to Open Access Information

About GIPA

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA) (the GIPA Act) commenced on 1 July 2010 and applies to all NSW government agencies, including local councils and county councils. It requires proactive information disclosure through mandatory publication and authorised release of ‘open access information’. Open access information is information that agencies must publish, unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure. The Act also provides for disclosure in response to informal requests and a revised system of response to formal access applications.

Information about Council

Section 449 of the Local Government Act 1993 requires a Councillor or a designated person to complete and lodge with the General Manager, a return disclosing his or her pecuniary interests. That return contains personal information about each Councillor and designated person, including his or her name, address and signature, as well as information about property and shareholdings, gifts received, debts owed, other sources of income, and positions held in a trade union or business or professional organisation.

In compliance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act), a list of Councillors and the titles of designated persons who have lodged an annual return is provided here.

Council uses its discretion under Section 6 of the GIPA Act and individual returns are not published on the Mosman Council website due to the overriding public interest against disclosure of the personal information contained in the returns. Council has balanced the need to facilitate the legitimate public interest in having access to the information and to protect the individual’s right to privacy and safety including the mitigation of risk of cyber theft, harm or serious harassment or intimidation. Members of the public can view individual returns in person after valid identification has been provided. A request to view the returns can be made through via email at

Plans and Policies

Register of Government Contracts

Contracts to the value of more than $150,000 with private sector bodies:

The Office of the Information Commissioner provides details on access to information concerning contracts and the classes of contracts.

Disclosure Log

Mosman Council has received and determined the following access applications under the GIPA Act. As the information released under these formal access applications may be of interest to other members of the public, the GIPA Act requires Council to publish this Disclosure Log. The Disclosure Log records details about the access applications in a Disclosure Log (ss. 25 and 26 of the GIPA Act).

Open Access Information Not Released

Open access information not released by Mosman Council due to an overriding public interest against disclosure. As Mosman Council makes decisions about open access information that may not be disclosed due to an overriding public interest, it will publish this information on its website.

Log of Information not released

Under the GIPA Act, when deciding whether or not to release information, government agencies must consider whether there is an overriding public interest against releasing the information. For more information on how government agencies apply the public interest test when determining whether or not to release information, access a special fact sheet on this topic from the Office of the Information Commissioner.

As at 1 July 2010 – nil items