Freedom of Information

Shire of Dowerin - Freedom of Information Statement

The Western Australian Freedom of Information Act 1992 gives the public a legally enforceable right to apply for access to documents held by Shire of Dowerin.

An applicant's right to seek access cannot be affected by their reasons for wishing to obtain access and there is no requirement to demonstrate such reasons. You can apply for any record of information held by the Shire.

The Shire is required to:

  • assist the applicant in making the application;
  • assist the applicant in obtaining access to documents at a reasonable cost; and
  • ensure that personal information captured in documents is accurate, complete, up-to-date and not misleading.

While the Act provides a general right of access to documents, it also recognises that some documents require a level of protection. This is applied to documents that meet the exemption criteria in Schedule 1 of the Act.

The most common reasons for refusal to provide access to information are:

​Personal information

​Information that would reveal personal information about an individual (such as their name, contact details, signature etc) may be exempt under Clause 3.

Commercial or business information

  1. Information that would reveal trade secrets

  2. Information that has a commercial value (such as documents containing technical designs that, if released, would harm the company)

  3. Information about the professional, commercial or financial affairs of a person may be exempt under Clause 4.

​Deliberative processes

​Material which forms part of the decision-making of the local government, when circumstances require confidentiality of those deliberations, may be exempt under Clause 6.

​Legal professional privilege

​Protects the confidentiality of communications made between a lawyer and their client. The privilege belongs to the client and may only be waived by the client. Clause 7.

Applications and General Enquiries can be made to:

Freedom of Information Coordinator

Shire of Dowerin
13 Cottrell Street / PO Box 111
DOWERIN WA 6461
P: 08 9631 1202
E: dowshire@dowerin.wa.gov.au