What is the Right to information
The Right to Information Act is the Queensland Government's approach to giving the community greater access to information.
The Queensland Government has made a commitment to provide access to information held by the Government and local councils, unless on balance it is contrary to the public interest to provide that information.
The classes of information that Council will make available through the publication will not generally include information that is: Prevented by law from disclosure, is exempt under the Act, information in draft form, information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in archive or is difficult to access for similar reasons.
The Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) and Information Privacy Act (IP Act) commenced on 1 July 2009, replacing the Freedom of Information Act 1992 and Information Standards 42 and 42A Information Privacy.
Further information about Whole of Government policy and the new legislation, including application forms, is available from www.rti.qld.gov.au
‘Longreach Regional Council fully supports individual's right to information in order to provide open, accountable and participatory government and information privacy to ensure personal information is protected and handled with respect.'
Information can be accessed by the documents published through the:
Our administrative access schemes provide information available to external customers to obtain upon application to Longreach Regional Council. Fees associated with the purchase of documents within administrative access schemes are provided on our Fees and Charges Schedule.
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Our publication scheme describes and categorises information routinely available from the department. It has been developed to give the community greater access to information held by government.
The information in the publication scheme is grouped into seven classes:
1. About us – Who we are and what we do
2. Our Services – Services we offer
3. Our Finances – Financial & Non-Financial Performance Information
4. Our Priorities – What our priorities are and how we are doing
5. Our Decisions – How we make decisions
6. Our Policies – Our policies and procedures
7. Our Lists – Lists and Registers
The Longreach Regional Council is a new Local Government organisation formed from the Queensland Government's decision to amalgamate shires across the state in 2007. This new Council is made up of the former towns of Longreach, Ilfracombe, Isisford, Emmett and Yaraka. The Longreach Regional Council covers an area of 40,638 square kilometres and has a total population of approximately 4700.
Councillors, as elected representatives, have a responsibility to ensure that the Council delivers high quality services in an effective and efficient manner and that its goals are achieved through collaboration with government, industry and community stakeholders and close involvement with their community. Information about currently elected councillors and how to contact them can be found below.
Documents held by Council
You can view all significant, appropriate and accurate documents currently published by council.
View annual reports for Longreach Regional Council.
Media releases can be viewed in our News section at the bottom of the Home Page.
Local Government Act
The principal piece of legislation which provides the legislative framework for Council is the Local Government Act 2009. The Act provides Council with autonomy and flexibility while requiring accountability for its performance.
Information about the services we deliver, including advice and guidance, publications and newsletters, media releases. http://www.longreach.qld.gov.au/council-services
This section provides financial information about the council's projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, tenders and financial audit.
Budgets – Click here to view Council's 2014-2015 Budget
Tenders- Click here to view information about Council's Tenders
Contracts - Click here to view information about Councils Contract Register
Fees and Charges –Click here to view Councils Rates, Fees and Charges
The priorities of the Longreach Regional Council - Annual Report, Corporate and Operational Plans. Click here to view Councils Priorities.
Click here to view Council Minutes.
Click here to view Longreach Regional Council's Policies.
Lists and registers that we are required to hold by law. Section 534(1)(d) of the Local Government Act 2009 requires Council to report "a list of registers kept by it and open to inspection". You can ask for more information about our public registers by contacting Longreach Regional Council.
A sample of our public registers open to inspection are (examples below):
Council's Business Entities
Councillors' Register of Interests
Subordinate Local Laws (local law policies)
Delegations (by Council and by CEO)
Some of the documents on this site are currently only available in PDF format. Should you be unable to read these documents or require more information regarding our publication scheme please contact our Right To Information Officer and we will endeavour to meet all reasonable requests for an alternative format of the document.
In our disclosure log, you will find details of non-personal information released under the RTI Act 2009. Download the Longreach Regional Council Right to Information Disclosure Log.
Some of the documents on this site are currently only available in PDF format. Should you be unable to read these documents or require more information please contact council's Right To Information Officer.
Some of the documents on this site cannot be viewed due to containing personal information. Should you require these documents or require more information please contact our Right To Information Officer and we will endeavour to meet all reasonable requests.
To access released documents (including audio recordings), which are large electronic files and have been marked with an * in the table below), please contact Councils Right to Information & Privacy Unit on (07) 4658 4111 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to request copies.
Under the RTI Act 2009 any person has the right of access to information held by Council, unless on balance, it is not in the public interest to give the access.
Applications must be made by completing the application form below. All applications must provide sufficient information to enable the identification of the documents requested as well as certified identification of the applicant, e.g. driver's licence, birth certificate etc. within 10 business days of lodging the application. Council's RTI Officer will determine if the information or document requested is available under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009.
Applications relating to 'personal information' do not require an application fee.
You will be given notices outlining:
- That you are required to pay a charge
- What the estimated charge may be
- What the basis is for calculating the estimate
- That you can consult with the agency to amend the application in order to reduce the charge
- That you must agree in writing to pay the application charge, withdraw or request waiver of charges on the grounds of financial hardship.
Council has 25 business days in which to provide applicants with a decision regarding access for information. There are some factors that can alter this limit as per section.69 of the Act.
It is strongly recommended you contact Council before submitting an application as the information you require may already be available.
Lodgement and Payment
Applications and payments can be lodged in person at:
Longreach Regional Council
96a Eagle Street
LONGREACH QLD 4730
Between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday
By post addressed to:
Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 144
ILFRACOMBE QLD 4727
With cheque/money orders addressed to Longreach Regional Council
Charges for Information
There will be no charge for examining any publication scheme information contained on the Council's website. However, there will be a charge if a large volume of 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.
Fees are as per RTI Fees and Charges - http://www.rti.qld.gov.au/fees-and-charges
Right to Information Contact Officers
Applications and enquiries relating to Right to Information may be directed to the following council officers between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday:
Phone: (07) 4658 4111
Third Party Consultation
If the documents requested contain information which may reasonably be expected to be of concern to a government agency or relevant third party, then the documents may not be released until consultation with the third party occurs. Should consultation be required, a further 10 business days is added onto the timeframe to allow for this.