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Governance

Policies

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 [Vic] (FOI Act) provides the public with a general right to access documents in the possession of Council, subject to limited exceptions and exemptions.  

The FOI Act provides for access to documents held by Council, including those about your personal affairs.  You can request that Council amend incorrect or misleading personal information held about you.

FOI applications must be made in writing, be accompanied by the application fee, and contain sufficient information for Council to identify the documents that you are seeking.

Further information is available in the FOI application form.

Please note, if the application is being made by a legal representative, Council will require a signed authorisation showing that the client has authorised the legal representative to make the request on their behalf, communicate with Council in relation to the request, and receive copies of any documents released by Council.

Frequently asked questions regarding FOI are available from the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner.

Documents Available for Public Inspection

The following documents are available for public inspection in accordance with Section 222 of the Local Government Act 1989 and Regulation 12 "Documents to be made available for public inspection" in the Local Government (General) Regulations 2015.

  • Details of overseas or interstate travel (with the exception of interstate travel by land for less than 3 days) undertaken in an official capacity by Councillors or any other member of Council staff in the previous 12 months, including the names of the Councillors or members of Council staff and the date, destination, purpose and total cost to the Council of the overseas or interstate travel, including accommodation costs;
  • Agendas for and minutes of ordinary and special meetings held in the previous 12 months kept under section 93 of the Act except if the minutes relate to parts of meetings which have been closed to members of the public under section 89 of the Act;
  • Minutes of meetings of special committees established under section 86 of the Act and held in the previous 12 months except if the minutes relate to parts of meetings which have been closed to members of the public under section 89 of the Act;
  • A register of delegations kept under sections 87 and 98 of the Act, including the dates on which the last reviews under sections 86(6) and 98(6) of the Act took place;
  • Details of all leases involving land which were entered into by the Council as lessor, including the lessee and the terms and the value of the lease;
  • A register of authorised officers appointed under section 224 of the Act;
  • A list of donations and grants made by the Council during the financial year including the names of persons or bodies which have received a donation or grant and the amount of each donation or grant.

Documents are available for inspection at the Alpine Shire Council offices in Bright. The documents may be viewed but not removed, and some are available online. If you wish to view any of these documents, please contact the Governance Officer to make an appointment during office hours.

Protected Disclosures

The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 [Vic] (PD Act) ensures that people who report improper conduct and corruption in the Victorian public sector (whistleblowers) can do so in the knowledge that they will be protected. Protections include keeping the identity of the person reporting improper conduct confidential and protecting them from reprisals including bullying, harassment or legal action.  

Alpine Shire Council is committed to the aims and objectives of the PD Act. It does not tolerate improper conduct by its employees, officers or members, nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.

Council recognises the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices, and supports the making of disclosures that reveal corrupt conduct, conduct involving a substantial mismanagement of public resources, or conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and saftey or the environment.

Council will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure. It will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure.

Who can make a protected disclosure?

Any person who believes they have reasonable grounds that the Alpine Shire Council, a Councillor or a Council employee has engaged in, is engaging in or is planning to engage in corrupt or improper conduct or detrimental action can make a disclosure.

A disclosure may be made by an individual or group of individuals and can be anonymous. 

Who do I make a protected disclosure to?

Council will take all reasonable steps to protect people who come forward with information about improper practices. Such conduct can be reported confidentially to Council's Protected Disclosure Coordinator, Ms Nathalie Cooke, Director Corporate on 03 5755 0555 or via email to nathaliec@alpineshire.vic.gov.au

Disclosures concerning an Alpine Shire Councillor MUST be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).

Disclosures concerning the Alpine Shire Council, a Council employee, or the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) can be made to to following:

Written disclosures made to Council's Protected Disclosure Coordinator must be in a sealed envelope, clearly marked "CONFIDENTIAL - Attention Nathalie Cooke", and hand delivered to Alpine Shire Council Offices, 2 Churchill Avenue, Bright, or via post to PO Box 139, Bright VIC 3741.

More information can be found in Council's Protected Disclosure Policy, or by contacting IBAC.  

Citizenship Ceremonies

Alpine Shire Council holds citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day, 26 January, and more often when required.

If you want to become an Australian citizen, you will need to apply through the Department of Home Affairs.

Election Campaign Donation Return Summary

Section 62 of the Local Government Act 1989 requires persons who stood as a candidate in the 2016 Council elections to submit an election campaign donation return to the Chief Executive Officer.

The return contains the details of any gifts received during the donation period, by the candidate or on behalf of the candidate, to be used for or in connection with the election campaign. This must include the amount or value of which is equal to or exceeds the gift disclosure threshold ($500), or being goods or services to the amount of which is equal to or exceeds the gift disclosure threshold.

In accordance with section 62A(2A) of the Local Government Act 1989, the following is a summary of the election campaign donation returns from each candidate in the 2016 Council elections.

Full name of candidate   Name of donor Value of gift ($)
Mario Vaccaro No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
John Forsyth No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Ron Janas No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Tony Keeble No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Kitty Knappstein No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Sarah Nicholas No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Daryl Pearce No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Peter Roper No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Tom Bolton Smith No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Narda Cain No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Katrina Farrell No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Ray Dyer No gifts to disclose Nil Nil
Brian Littlechild No gifts to disclose Nil Nil

The summary must remain on Council's website until the entitlement date for the Council elections to be held in 2020.

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