Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 provides legislation and guidelines for access and provision of information to the public. If Council refuses access to a document we must issue a certificate stating why the document is a restricted document.

Most information and files held by the District Council of Tumby Bay are available for public viewing. There are a few exceptions, such as personal and personnel records and matters which are subject to litigation, but generally, information is readily available for viewing at no charge or a minimal reproduction charge.

In rare cases, retrieving the requested information involves considerable staff time. It is important to specify what you require as clearly as possible so our staff may quickly and efficiently help you. If extraordinary staff time is required to comply with an information request, charges may apply.

Most information is readily available without recourse to the Freedom of Information Act and we invite you to discuss your information needs with us.

For the year 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, this Council received nil requests under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to provide information.

Requests under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 for access to documents in the possession of Council should be accompanied by a $37.50 application fee and directed in writing to:

Freedom of Information Officer
District Council of Tumby Bay
PO Box 61

All general enquiries on Freedom of Information Act issues should be directed to Council's Freedom of Information Officer Dion Watson.

Freedom of Information Fees and Charges 2020/21

Freedom of Information Application Form 2020/21

Please visit the State Records SA website for further information:

Information Available to the Public

Council is regulated under several Acts, and/or is required to provide Information under other Acts. A listing of Acts and Plans that Council operates under is as detailed:

  • Regulations & Plans Local Government Act
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Building Code of Australia
  • Public & Environmental Health Act
  • Real Property Act
  • Food Act
  • Housing Improvement Act
  • Environmental Protection Act
  • Parking Regulations
  • Dog & Cat Management Act
  • Development Act
  • Strategic Plan
  • Tumby Bay Development Plan
  • Eyre Development Plan

Documents Available

The following documents are available for public inspection at the Council Office free of charge. Current Minutes and excerpts from the Annual Reports are also available on this website. Members of the public can purchase documents in a hard copy format from the Council office for a fee:

  • Council & Committee Agendas
  • Council & Committee Minutes
  • Policy Manual
  • Annual Report
  • Strategic Plan
  • By-laws
  • Register of Elected Members - Allowances and Benefits
  • Register of Employees' Salaries & Wages and Benefits
  • Assessment Book
  • Register of Public Streets and Roads
  • Register of Fees and Charges levied by Council
  • Supplementary Development Plans previously on exhibition
  • Development Application Register
  • Financial Statements