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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI) gives the public a legal right to access many documents in the Corporation’s possession. However some documents cannot be accessed to protect the public interest and some private and business affairs. These exemptions may include but are not limited to:

  • Internal working documents
  • Documents relating to legal proceedings
  • Documents affecting the personal privacy of others
  • Documents already publicly available or available by paying a fee under an act other than the Freedom of Information Act;
  • Documents created before 1 January 1989 that do not relate to the personal affairs of the applicant

All FOI requests should be addressed to:
The Freedom of Information Officer
Whitehorse Manningham Library Corporation
PO Box 3083
NUNAWADING VIC 3131

For a Freedom of Information request to be considered valid it must:
Be in writing
Provide sufficient information to identify the document(s)
Be accompanied by a lodgement fee of $28.90 (from 1 July 2018) (this fee is non refundable).

If payment is deemed to cause financial hardship it may be waived or reduced.

A list of further costs that may be charged can be found by at the Freedom of Information website

On receipt of a valid FOI application, a decision must be made within 30 days. When an application is refused or deferred, the applicant will be notified in writing of the reasons for denial/deferral. If the applicant is not satisfied they can seek an internal review by writing to the Freedom of Information Commissioner within 28 days.

Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC)
PO Box 24274
Melbourne Victoria 3001

For more information on the FOI Act and procedures call Manager Corporate Services on 9896 4333, by mail at the address above or visit the Freedom Of Information website

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