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Freedom of Information

Under the Information Act (2002) anyone has the right to access information from Northern Territory Government agencies, including councils, subject to a number of exemptions to protect public and private interests.

About the Information Act (NT) 2002

The Information Act (NT) 2002 (the Act) gives people the right to access information from Northern Territory Government agencies, including councils, subject to a number of exemptions to protect public and private interests.

This does not include information that is already available under an existing "access arrangement”, such as council minutes, which are available without applying under Information Act (NT) 2002.

The Aim of the Act

The Act has three main aims, which fall into the following categories:

Availability

Council is required to make available to you documents about its functions and operations. This includes information about its structure, decision-making processes, public participation through boards, councils or committees, and policy documents. You can download some of these documents, from this website. You can also ask to see such documents or purchase copies at Council’s customer service centre .

Access

The Act also gives you the right to apply for documents, including those about you, held by Council. You can examine and have copies of these documents. You also have rights of appeal if Council does not give you access to documents you want to see.

Amendment

You can apply for information about your personal affairs to be changed if you believe it is inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date or misleading.

How do I make an FOI request?

The Act requires that your application be made in writing, please make use of the forms below.

Application for City of Darwin Information
Application for a review of a decision
Application to correct personal information
Application to waive or reduce fees

Contact us

darwin@darwin.nt.gov.au

or send to

City of Darwin
GPO Box 84
Darwin NT 0801

Can I see all documents?

Some documents are exempt under the Act to protect essential public interests or the personal or business affairs of others. Sometimes part of a document may not be available if it contains information which is exempt (eg name and address of complainant/s).

If you are refused access to a document or given partial access only, Council must give you written reasons for the decision. Council must also tell you of your rights of appeal.

Documents already publicly available (such as birth certificates, and including those available for a fee), under other legislation, or administrative processes, are not available through the Act.

How much will it cost?

There is an application fee of $30.00 for requests for access to non-personal affairs documents (ie complaints made by another person) and other charges for processing.

 

Last modified 
05 Jul 2018

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