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Accessing Council Information

Your right to information

Cessnock City Council is committed to ensuring all requests to access Council information are processed in a timely and efficient manner and in accordance with:

Council Information

Cessnock City Council publishes a range of information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.To help you apply for access to information Council has adopted the following documents.


How do I get access to information?

Firstly, search Council’s website, to see if the information is already available. If it isn’t already on Council’s website you can contact a customer service officer for assistance or refer to the Guide for Accessing Council Information.

Some information can be provided via ‘informal release’ provided no third party personal information is included. Complete an Informal Access Request Form.

Information that holds someone else’s personal information will require a formal access application because consultation with a third party is required. Complete a Formal Access Application Form (application fee of $30.00 applies).

Copies of information can generally be made available free of charge although you may have to pay reasonable photocopying charges if you want your own copy. If you have a simple request that can be satisfied by reference to a single file or entry in a register Council can usually respond on the spot, and at no charge. However, in the case of a more complex request or if the file has to be accessed off-site, you may be requested to complete an Informal Access Request Form to allow Council to process your request. 

Open Access Information

Council is required to provide many of its documents as open access information including:

Codes, plans, policies and reports

 Annual Financial Reports  Code of Conduct
 Code of Meting Practice  Council Policies and Codes
 Fees & Charges  Management and  Strategic Plans
 Plans of Management for Community Land  Privacy Management Plan
 Social and Community plans  Disclosure of Political Donations and Gifts

Registers and returns

Designated Persons Disclosure of Interest Returns (available on request at Council)

 Disclosure Log
 Disclosure of Political Donations and Gifts  Land and property Register
 Register of Delegations (available on request at Council)  Register of Government Contracts
 Register of Investments (Reported in the Agenda of the second Council Meeting of each month)  

Agendas, business papers and minutes

Planning and development documents

  • Development applications under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and associated documents
  • Records of approvals granted, any variation from local policies with reasons for the variation and decisions made on appeals concerning approvals
  • Local policies adopted by Council concerning approvals and orders
  • Records of building certificates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • Plans of land proposed to be compulsorily acquired by Council
  • Leases and licences for the use of public land classified as community land
  • Environmental planning instruments, development control plans and plans made under sections 94A and 94B of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 that apply to land within Council’s area.

A full list of open access information is located here.

Access to personal information

When accessing Council documents, Council must comply with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which protects personal information and the privacy of individuals. Councils are required to develop a Privacy Management Plan in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Act and comply with other legislation regarding public access to information. 

Further information

Contact Councils Customer Service Centre on:

Phone: 49934100 or Email:

Or you can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW government information on the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) website: