There are three avenues of review of decision made by Council under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009:

  • Internal review - a person (either an applicant or a third party) aggrieved by a decision has a right to an internal review of the decision.  Reviews are permitted on decisions made by Council in response to a formal access application.  Determination of informal information applications do not permit internal reviews. An application form is available to view or print from this page.
  • Information Commissioner review - an aggrieved person is entitled to have the agency's decision reviewed by the Information Commissioner. If the person is the applicant, an internal review is not a precondition to an Information Commissioner review. The Information Commissioner has broad powers and may make recommendations as considered appropriate including referring the application back to the agency for reconsideration.
  • External review by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) - an aggrieved person may seek external review by the ADT without having to seek an internal or Information Commissioner review beforehand. The ADT may refuse to review, or deal further with a review, if it is satisfied that the application for review is frivolous, vexatious, misconceived or lacking in substance.

For further information, please contact a Right to Information Officer at Strathfield Council on 9748 9999.