Access Council Information (GIPA)

The NSW Government legislation, the Government Information (Public Access) Act (GIPA) requires Councils to have “Open Access Information” available on their websites so that members of the public can easily access Council documents and information 24 hours a day. This information includes most documents created by Council and information supplied to Council by external organisations or individuals.

Release of information continues to be subject to compliance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIPA). See also Council's Privacy Management Plan.

The Hills Shire Council continues to be committed to open and transparent government and access to information collected and held by Council will be made available in accordance with the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. The Act creates an enforceable right to information unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

The GIPA Act provides for Council information to be released in four (4) ways:


1. Mandatory Proactive Release (Open Access)

This information is made available on Council’s website and is available free of charge e.g. meeting agendas and minutes, register of contracts, annual reports, policy documents etc.

Open Access Information

Information currently available to the public free of charge by way of open access (other than photocopying) is as follows:
The Hills Shire Council Information Guide(PDF, 567KB)

Register of Government Contracts(PDF, 333KB)

Tender & Quotation Submissions Listing

Register of Planning Decisions from Council Meetings(PDF, 987KB)

Disclosure Log of Applications 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021(PDF, 126KB)

Pecuniary Interest Returns of Designated Officers


Record of Open Access information NOT made publicly available on the basis of an overriding public interest against disclosure:  When open access information is not released by The Hills Shire Council due to an overriding interest against disclosure, a log will be published. No access applications have been refused to date.
Code of Conduct 2017 - 2020(PDF, 298KB)

Annual Community, Financial and Auditor's Reports

The Hills Shire Council EEO Policy Statement(PDF, 505KB)
Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils (Adopted 28 May 2019)(PDF, 358KB)
Delegations Register(PDF, 161KB)
Council Agendas and Minutes


Reports to Council of any investigation made under Section 433 of the Local Government Act:  No investigations to report.

Development Applications and associated documents: Applications prior to 1 September, 2004 are not on Council’s website. For access to DA files prior to that date please complete this form

Bella Vista Farm Park - Generic Plan of Management(PDF, 16MB)

Adjoining Owner Details Online Application Form

House Number Alteration Form(PDF, 541KB)


2. Proactive Release

All Councils are encouraged to make as much information of public interest as possible publicly available free of charge or at minimal cost. e.g frequently requested information or information of public interest.



3. Informal Release

Other information held is authorised to be released in response to an informal request subject to any reasonable conditions that Council may wish to impose e.g requests for the personal information of the individual concerned but NOT another persons personal information.


Apply for Informal Access to Government Information



4. Formal Release

The release of all other information not made available by either mandatory, proactive or informal release can be made by way of a formal access application. Standard fees and charges and time frames are applicable for such applications e.g Personal information relating to a third party where consultation is required or where information is of a confidential nature. Written application forms are required for formal applications.


Apply for Formal Access to Government Information



5. Internal Review Application

Complete this form to apply for an internal review of a formal decision made under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW). You must lodge this form with us within 20 working days after notice of the decision was given to you.

If you need help to complete this form, please contact Council's Governance Officer on (02) 9843 0359.

Internal Review Application(PDF, 156KB)


For enquiries relating to your application or access to information generally, please contact Mary Pereira on +61 29843 0359.