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:

search our website to see if it’s already available

contact our office and ask for the information – (02) 4428 4100

if necessary, apply for access using our application form and send it to:

Office of Local Government
Locked Bag 3015 NOWRA NSW 2541

Key Information

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

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Reference Number Date of Decision Topic / information released
A277697 16/09/2010 Blue Mountains dog attacks 2009/10 – report
A230708 18/11/2010 Horsnby 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

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

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