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GIPA Fee and Processing Charges

The application fee for a Formal Access Application is $30.

In addition to the application fee, a Formal Access Application may also incur the following charges:

  • processing charges of $30/hour - the processing charge covers the time spent dealing efficiently with the application
  • an Advance Deposit - Council may request an Advance Deposit, advising of the estimated processing charge and giving at least 20 working days for payment to be made. Advance Deposits can be made for up to 50% of the total estimated processing charge

Applicants may be entitled to a 50% reduction in processing charges on the grounds of financial hardship or if the information being applied for is of special benefit to the public generally. The Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009 states that the financial hardship reduction will apply if the applicant provides evidence that he or she:

  • is the holder of a Pensioner Concession card issued by the Commonwealth that is in force
  • is a full-time student
  • is a non-profit organisation (including a person applying for or on behalf of a not-for-profit organisation)

How much will it cost?

Open Access  No cost 
Proactive Release  No cost or minimum cost i.e. photocopying 
Informal Release No cost or minimum cost i.e. photocopying 
Formal Release $30 Application fee
$30 per hour processing charge (the application fee counts towards the first hour of processing). 

An advance deposit may be requested depending on the estimated processing time to complete the request.

Copying charges may also apply. 

For further fees refer to Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges.

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