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Access to information

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW), (GIPA Act), establishes a comprehensive system for public access to government information.

The objective of the Act is to:

  • Make government information more accessible to the public by requiring government agencies to make certain sorts of information freely available
  • Encourage government agencies to release as much information as possible
  • Give the public an enforceable right to make access applications for government information
  • Restrict access to information only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

Accessing Council Information

Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) and the Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2018 (GIPA Regulation) Council is required to make a range of open access information publicly available, unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information.

What information is held by Council?

For details of the Council's structure and functions, the various kinds of information it holds and how it may be accessed, please refer to the Council's Publication Guide and Disclosure Log below.

What information is publicly available?

If the information you are searching for is not currently on Council's website, it can be obtained by completing an Access to Information form

The following information is available to the public, and can be obtained by completing an Access to Information Form

  • All Applications for approval under Part 1 of Chapter 7 in the Local Government Act
  • Applications for approvals under any other Act and any associated documents received
  • Compulsory Acquisition Notices
  • Land Register of Investments
  • Leases and Licenses for use of Public Land classified as Community Land.
  • Orders given under Part 2 of Chapter 7 of the LGA, and any reasons given under section 136 of the LGA
  • Orders given under the Authority of any other Act
  • Plans of land proposed to be compulsorily acquired by Council
  • Records of approvals granted or refused, any variation from Council Policies with reasons for the variation, and decisions made on appeals concerning approvals
  • Records of Building Certificates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • Register of Delegations
  • Register of Graffiti Removal works
  • Returns of Interests of Councillors and Designated Persons.
Information about Development Applications (DAs)

Link to Online DA tracking

The following information relating to development applications is also prescribed as open access according to the GIPA Act:

  • Acoustic consultant reports
  • Construction certificates
  • Heritage consultant reports
  • Home warranty insurance
  • Land contamination consultant reports
  • Occupation certificates
  • Records of decisions made on development applications (including decisions made on appeal)
  • Structural certification documents
  • Submissions received on development applications
  • Town planner reports
  • Tree inspection consultant reports.

Further information relating to current Development Applications can also be obtained by contacting the Statutory Planner handling the matter.

Preventing Fraud and Corruption

Fraud and Corruption
The City of Canada Bay is committed to maintaining trust within its community and with its stakeholders through a robust fraud and corruption prevention approach.

Our Policy outlines Council’s zero-tolerance position on any fraudulent or corrupt behaviour and establishes a framework to prevent fraud and corruption, proactively monitor, maintain and build awareness of its fraud and corruption prevention controls and strategies.

Fraud and Corruption Control Policy

Reporting Suspected Fraud or Corruption
You should report suspected fraud or corruption, in the first instance, to the City of Canada Bay using our online form.

You can also report fraud to the NSW Police and suspected corrupt conduct to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, or the NSW Ombudsman.

Independent Commission Against Corruption

NSW Police

Ombudsman NSW