Freedom of Information requests

The object of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 is to extend as far as possible the right of the community to access information in the possession of the government and government agencies.

Glenelg Hopkins CMA achieves this by:

(a) making available to the public information about its operations and ensuring that rules and practices that affect the public in their dealings with us are readily available to those individuals affected;

(b) creating a general right of access to information in documentary form in the possession of the CMA. That right of access is limited only by exceptions and exemptions necessary to protect essential public interests and the private and business affairs of persons in respect of whom information is collected and held by the CMA.

How to make a Freedom of Information request

The public can make a request to access documents created after 1 January 1989 and any personal documents relating to individuals (regardless of how long they have been held). Note: Glenelg Hopkins CMA was established in 1997.

  • complete the application form  
  • include the application fee (unless waived or reduced because of hardship);
  • ensure the application is sufficiently clear to enable CMA staff to conduct a thorough and constructive search for the documents sought.

The current application fee of $30.10 applies from 1 July 2021. Other charges may apply for photocopying and searching and are set out in the Freedom of Information (Access Charges) Regulation 1993.

Go to the link https://ovic.vic.gov.au  further information or contact the
CMA’s FOI officer on 5571 2526.