New State Government legislation in the form of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act (1998) came into effect on 1 July 2000 affecting public access to personal information contained in Council files and the public is advised of the following changes to viewing of Council files:
Viewing information on Council files which is of a private or personal nature is only permitted with the permission of the person/s concerned.
Access to information that is not 'personal or private information' will continue to be available.
In regard to objections to development applications details will still be available as to the nature of the objections.
Access to public registers held by the Council remains unrestricted, providing the access relates to the purpose for which the register is maintained.
The bulk sale of personal details is not permitted under the Act.
Council holds information of a private and personal nature including names and addresses, telephone numbers, tax file numbers and social security details.
Such information may be held in correspondence, files, public registers and reports, and may be stored in hard copy or electronic form. It is only used for the purpose for which it was collected which is to pursue Council's lawful and proper functions, but may be read by Councillors, Council Planners and other officers, Planning Consultants, lawyers (on behalf of Council), objectors, and applicants and their representatives.
The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act (1998) confers on individuals the right of access to their personal information, and the right to seek amendment to that information. Any individual seeking to exercise that right, or seeking suppression of that information, should contact Council's Privacy Contact Officer on (02) 6686 4444.
For more information about the Privacy & Personal Information Act (1998) the Privacy NSW web site contains detailed information on all aspects of this new legislation.
Submissions are publicly available documents. Submissions may be listed on Council's Website in the DA online facility, and included in Council's business paper. If you do not wish your submission to be publicly available you must provide written reasons. Alternatively, you may provide an anonymous submission however it may be given less (or no) weight in the overall consideration of a proposal.