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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 allows any individual to access information held by Maroondah City Council.

Access to Council documents is limited only by exemptions that are in place to protect:

  • public interest
  • the private and business affairs of individuals.  

Make an FOI request

You must submit an FOI request form before being granted access to existing Council documents.  A response period of up to 30 days applies. 

Your request must be:

  • in writing
  • as specific as possible regarding the documentation you are seeking
  • accompanied by an application fee of $28.90.

 Freedom of information request form

If documents are needed for a court hearing or litigation, then you should seek legal advice about gaining access through alternative processes. 


We do not release:

  • documentation created prior to 1 January 1988 (although individuals do have the right to access their own personal information irrespective of its age)
  • personal affairs of another person
  • documents affecting legal proceedings
  • documents relating to a closed meeting of Council. 

Access is also restricted to existing documents as the FOI process is not designed to generate new documents. 


Further costs may be payable on top of the application fee of $28.90

You will receive a written estimate of any charges payable. Charges will depend on the time and costs incurred by Council officers in locating and copying the documentation you have requested.

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