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 classes:
- About Us
- Our Services
- Our Finances
- Our Priorities
- Our Decisions
- Our Policies
- Our Lists
- Information not covered by the Publication Scheme
- Information that is exempt
- Charges for Information
- Information Commissioner
Agency information, location and contacts, constitutional and legal governance and historical information.
- About Flinders Shire Council
- About the Flinders region
- Contact Council
- Mayor and Councillors
- Making a complaint
A description of the services offered by the agency, including advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases.
Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.
Strategy and performance information, plans assessments, inspections and reviews.
Policy proposals and decisions, decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures and consultations.
Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the agency.
The classes of information that council will make available through the publication scheme will not generally include information that is:
- Prevented by law from disclosure or is exempt under the Act
- Information in draft form
- Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in archives or is difficult to access for similar reasons.
Not all the information the council publishes is detailed in the publication scheme. Information that is not published can be requested using the Right to Information request form. Your request will be considered under the provisions of the Right to Information Act.
The Right to Information Act sets out a range of information that is exempt from publication. If you make a request for information which the council considers to be exempted, we will advise you of the reasons for the exemptions.
There will be no charge for examining any publication scheme information contained on the council’s web site. However, there may 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. Charges will be kept under review and there is no intention to charge for material that has previously been available for free.
The Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing the operation of the publication scheme. In the case of a failure to deliver information through the scheme, you may also complain directly to the Information Commissioner at any time. Contact details are as follows: