Right to Information

What is the Right to Information?

The Right to Information Act 2009 c on 1 July 2010 and provides for greater access to information held by government bodies by:

The Derwent Valley Council is a public authority.

Why do we have a Right to Information Act?

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.

How do I get access to information?

The Derwent Valley Council is required by the Right to Information Act 2009 to make information available to the public through proactive disclosure, this means we are to routinely make information available which will assist the public in understanding what it is we do and how we do it.

This is may be done via our website, through publications (e.g. fact sheets, or discussion papers), via reports (e.g. our Annual Report).

Some information is not released in this way, either because it is not of general public interest or because it is information the Council would need to assess against the exemptions in the Right to Information Act 2009 prior to disclosure.

If you cannot find the information via our website contact the Council and we may be able to assist you in finding it or we may give it to you.  If it is not freely available we will assist you to make an application for an assessed disclosure.

Applications for assessed disclosure

Applications for the Derwent Valley Council are to be addressed to:

Right to Information Officer
Derwent Valley Council
PO Box 595
NEW NORFOLK   TAS   7140                              or email: dvcouncil@dvc.tas.gov.au

A form to assist in making an application is available at the top of this page.

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.

What will we do once we have your application?

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:

Principal Officer
Right to Information
Derwent Valley Council
PO Box 595

Right to Information Manual and Guidelines

The Manual and Guidelines will provide you with a little more detail on making requests under the RTI Act and how they are processed by the agency to which the request is sent.

These are available on the Office of the Ombudsman's website

Related Acts and Regulations

You can view, download and print the following Acts and Regulations made available by the Tasmanian Legislation Online website.

Contact Council
Circle street
PO Box 595
New Norfolk Tas 7140
Tel: 03 6261 8500
Fax: 03 6261 8546
Opening Hours
Monday - Friday
8:15am to 5:00pm
(Closed on Public Holidays)