Access to Information We Hold

Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) we are committed to improving openness, transparency and ease of access to our information.

Restrictions apply to accessing information only when there is an overriding public interest against our disclosure of that particular information.

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) provides for government information to be released in four ways:

  1. Mandatory proactive release
  2. Authorised proactive release
  3. Informal release
  4. Release subject to a formal access application

Formal applications for access to information should be a last resort. In most circumstances you should not have to make a formal application to access information that we hold.

To access our information:

The application fee for making an access application is $30.00.

Where an application form is submitted by post or email, payment can be made by cheque or money order made out to the Office of Local Government and posted to the address above.

Where an application is made online through the Department of Planning and Environment, payment can be made online.

Key Information

  • Disclosure log of access applications

    As access applications are received that are likely to be of interest to members of the public, the Office of Local Government will publish a disclosure log.

    For access to this information, please email


    Reference Number Date of Decision Topic / information released
    A566925 24/10/2017 Council pound data for 2015/2016
    A277697 16/09/2010 Blue Mountains dog attacks 2009/10 – report
    A230708 18/11/2010 Hornsby Shire sullage – correspondence and report
    A229494 23/11/2010 Blue Mountains Council request for rate increases / Joint Regional Planning – correspondence, fact sheets and reports
    A230642 6/12/2010 Cessnock Council competative neutrality – correspondence
    A236766 4/03/2011 Lithgow Council complaints – correspondence and emails
    A235005 10/03/2011 Willoughby Council Civic Place – correspondence, file notes, submissions
    A276339 10/04/2012 Code of Conduct Complaints 2009-2011 – report
    A276732 23/05/2012 Submissions to Destination 2036 report – submissions
    A311229 5/02/2013 Reports from organisations exempt from companion animals registration 2011/12 – report
    A338874 23/07/2013 Assessment of constitutional recognition – correspondence and briefing notes
    A366322 24/02/2014 Bathurst Council sewer access charges – correspondence and submission
    A382903 11 July 2014 Wollondilly Shire Council correspondence,   file notes, emails
    A370856 9 April 2014 Queanbeyan City Council – Woolworths parking enforcement
    A388688 2 October 2014 NSW Government BCA – out-of-ground pools and walls – correspondence, file notes, emails
    A395063 26 November 2014 Fit for the Future: A Blueprint for the future of Local Government – correspondence, file notes, emails, publication and promotion costs
    A402837 4 December 2014 Changes to the city of Sydney Act 1988 – Correspondence, emails, brief
    A420828 1 June 2015 Major Events Planning and Community Events Policy – reports and discussion papers
    A429928 30 June 2015 Wollondilly Shire Council and the WRRA
    A429598 19 August 2015 Delivering Local Government Reform – Circular – drafts
    A432864 14 September 2015 Port Stephens Council various local issues – correspondence
    A455494 4 January 2016 Stronger Councils, Stronger Communities advertising costs
    A459706 4 February 2016 Gundagai and Cootamundra Shire Council merger proposal – financial information
    A459337 4 February 2016 Bathurst-Oberon merger proposal – financial information
    A465122 15 March 2017 Delegates appointment and guidance material
    A462682 1 April 2016 Correspondence with Delegates and support material
    A480680 24 May 2016 Correspondence with Delegates
    A474234 31 May 2016 Delegates of the Office of Local Government – correspondence and supporting information
    A459180 3 June 2016 North Sydney Council – merger analysis information, correspondence
    A488781 28 June 2016 Holroyd City Council – Compulsory acquisition application
    A490519 14 July 2016 Deferral of elections for merged councils – briefing, background material, and correspondence
    A505662 24 July 2016 Delegates of the Office of Local Government – correspondence and supporting information
    A512412 24 October 2016 Council Administrators – supporting material
    A537102 30 March 2017 Pound data and 16d annual returns
    A541116 4 April 2017 Manly Council – meeting practice correspondence
    A536041 11 April 2017 Council Administrators – supporting material and correspondence
    A536329 12 April 2017 Council mergers community satisfaction survey – background material
    A536044 12 April 2017 Local government reform advertising campaign material
    A553632 26 July 2017 Waverly Council meeting 17 May 2016 – correspondence
    A559841 15 August 2017 Eurobodalla Council meeting practice – correspondence
    A565116 16 October 2017 Council merger costs
    A566925 24 October 2017 Council pound data for 2015/2016
    A647155 28 June 2019 Council pound data and 16d annual returns for 2017/2018
    A718535 21 September 2020 Council pound data and 17(c) annual returns for 2018/2019
    A770013 2 June 2021 Council Pound data and 17(c) annual returns for rescue organisations for 2019/2020
    A789799 7 October 2021 Copies of submissions made to the Central Coast Public Inquiry
  • Documents tabled in parliament

    The following documents have been tabled in Parliament by or on behalf of the Office of Local Government.

    Strathfield – Section 430 investigation – Final Report tabled on 13 October 2015

    Hurstville Council – Final report – Section 430 investigation tabled on 17 February 2016

    Auburn City Council – Report tabled on 28 March 2017

    Auburn Public Inquiry 2016 submissions tabled on 21 September 2017–-written-sub_71862.aspx

    Murray Shire Council – Public Inquiry tabled on 9 March 2017

    North Sydney Council – Public Inquiry tabled on 9 March 2017

  • Register of Government Contracts

    The Office of Local Government’s register of government contracts will be available on this webpage and at the Government Tenders website (

    Contract ID Contractor Business Address Description Period of Agreement Value of contract (inc GST) Contact Point
    A540308 Centre for International Economics GPO Box 397 Sydney NSW 2001 Review of swimming pools barrier requirement 1/7/2016 to 5/8/2016 161,838 Program Delivery Team
    A478963 IPART PO Box Q290 Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230 Expert Advisory Panel – Review of Rating System 1/7/2016 to 30/6/2017 1,254,000 Innovation Team
    A488873 Office of Environment and Heritage Level 9, 43 Bridge Street Hustville NSW 2220 Pet Register Upgrade – Phase 1 1/7/2015 to 30/6/2018 577,156 Program Delivery Team
    A412250 Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources PO Box 18322, Melbourne VIC 8003 Delivery of a state-wide responsible pet ownership education program in NSW. 30/06/17 2,850,000 Program Delivery Team
    A547969  Project Management Partners Pty Ltd Level 2, 228 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000 Project management support for the local government reform program 10/05/2017 to 30/09/2017 517,880 Reform Team