Right to information Right to information

Your rights to information and privacy

On 1 July 2009 legislation changed. The new legislation includes the Right to Information Act which replaces the old Freedom of Information Act 1992 (FOI), and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP) which replaces the former information standards. 

The new Acts cover access to Council Information: 

  • The RTI Act covers non-personal applications
  • The IP Act is for access to an individual's own personal information or to change an individual's own personal details held by Council.

Did you know that you have the right to access information held by Council?

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council collects and stores information about the region, properties, land, individuals, even animals. New legislation supports your access to much of this information, while maintaining appropriate access restrictions for personal or confidential information.

What is Council doing? Council's publication scheme

The RTI Act requires Council to publish a list of information on its website that is routinely available to residents, known as a 'publications scheme. The information in the publication scheme is grouped into seven (7) classes:

About us Who we are and what we do
Our services


Information about the services we deliver, including advice and guidance, publications, newsletters and media releases

Our finances


What we spend and how we spend it, including our financial statements and financial management practices

Our priorities


Council's priorities and how well we are meeting those priorities

Our decisions


The outcomes of decision-making processes through month meetings

Our policies


Policy and policy-related documents

Our lists and registers


Information that is held in a register required by law or another list or register relating to the functions of Council


Charges for information

There is no charge for examining any publication scheme information contained on our web site. However, there are charges if printed material is required. You will be told about any photocopying charges at the time of your request.

The cover price will be charged for any publications produced by the council for sale. Charges will be kept under review.

Disclosure log

The disclosure log is a record of Right to Information (RTI) Applications with Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council. The disclosure log identifies documents that have been released under the RTI act of a non-personal nature. Once documents have been released they are available for access without going through the RTI process.

For copies of these documents please contact the Personal Assistant by phoning 07 40839 108.

  • View Council's Right to Information Disclosure Logs in For Downloads at the bottom of this page

What is right to information?

The Queensland Government recognises that the public has a right to know the information that is created and used by government on their behalf.

The Solomon Report recommended, and the Queensland Government accepted, the need for a "push model" of proactively releasing information rather than waiting for the public to "pull" information under legislation such as the FOI Act.

The Right to Information reforms mean increased public access to government information. Access to information using legislation such as the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) and Information Privacy Act (IP Act) should be a "last resort". RTI promotes a culture of openness, accountability and transparency, balanced with appropriate protection for certain information, including personal information. In practice, this means that information will be released unless, on balance, its release is contrary to public interest.

What does RTI cover?

The RTI Act covers document of a non-personal nature that cannot be accessed from another source, for example Council's internet.

RTI application

  • Electronic Diaries
  • Works maintenance reports
  • Written Complaints on conduct and performance of Councillors (see below)
  1. Chapter 6, Part 2, Division 6 of the Local Government Act 2009 (the Act) deals with the performance and conduct of elected representatives (councillors). Section 181A of the Act requires that the Chief Executive Officer make available to the public a written record that details the outcome of any written complaint made about a councillor's performance or an allegation of misconduct:



    There are no allegations of misconduct or complaints as dealt with under Chapter 6 of the Act for the year 2014/2015. 


    Section 268 of the Act prescribes how a local authority must handle 'administrative action complaints'. Council actions administrative action complaints under its Complaints Management Process Policy.  An administrative action complaint is a complaint that is about an administrative action of a local government and includes (for example):

  2. a decision, or a failure to make a decision, including a failure to provide a written statement of reasons for a decision;
  3. an act, or a failure to do an act;
  4. the formulation of a proposal or intention; and
  5. the making of a recommendation.

The Queensland Information Privacy Act 2009 prevents Council from disclosing information pertaining to administrative action complaints lodged, investigated, determined and escalated.

Public documents

  • Annual reports
  • Corporate Plan 
  • Council budget 
  • Councillors material personal interst at a meeting
  • Councillors conflict of interest at a meeting
  • Councillors Registration of Interest
  • Local Law Register
  • Minutes of Council and Committee meetings
  • Notice of Meetings
  • Policies
  • Tenders

What is the Information Privacy Act?

The Information Privacy Act 2009 (the IP Act)  Right to Information - Queensland Government contains two sets of privacy principles that regulate how personal information is collected, secured, used and disclosed by Queensland public sector agencies. There are 11 Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) for Queensland public sector agencies, and 9 National Privacy Principles (NPPs) for Queensland Health. Both the IPPs and NPPs are adapted from the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988. The IP Act sets out a limited number of situations where the privacy principles will not apply, such as for law enforcement purposes.

What does the IP act cover?

The IP Act also provides a formal mechanism for a person to apply to access or amend their own personal information. This mechanism, which is set out in Chapter 3 of the IP Act, is intended to be a last resort. Agencies are encouraged to provide informal (administrative) access and amendment options to people wherever practicable.

How to make an RTI application

  • Submit your application using RTI IP Access Application Form.
  • Pay the RTI fee of $44.85 
  • Provide a specific description of the information you require
  • Provide an address for notices of the Act to be sent to
  • Lodge your application in person at Councils' Main Office or by mail to Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council by post (1 Hartwig Street, via Cooktown, Wujal Wujal Q 4895) or in person.

For more information on lodging an application go to the Right to Information - Queensland Government

Note: All RTI applications to Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council must be submitted to Council by post or in person using the prescribed form.  If you are making an RTI application to a Queensland Government department only, you can apply online at their Right to Information application form (online form)

How to make an IP application or amend personal details

  • Submit your application using the RTI IP Access Application Form.  No fees apply.
  • Provide proof of your identify within 10 business days of lodging your application.
  • Lodge your application in person at Councils' Main Office, by mail  to Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council by post (1 Hartwig Street, Wujal Wujal, QLD 4895), by fax (07 40608 250) or by email enquiries@wujalwujalcouncl.qld.gov.au and Cc: to personal.assistant@wujalwujalcouncil.qld.gov.au

For more information on lodging an application go to the Right to Information - Queensland Government

Note: All RTI applications to Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council must be submitted to Council by post or in person using the prescribed form. If you are making an IP application to a Queensland Government department only, you can apply online at the Queensland Government's Right to Information website.


For download

Qld Government RTI and IP access application

Information Access application - Right to Information

RTI application and processing fees

Fees and charges - Right to Information

Disclosure Log 2015 / 2016 - No application has been sought