Local Laws & Legislation
In 2017 the State Government of Western Australia announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995. You can find out more about this here.
As a part of this review, on 27 June 2019, the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed by Parliament.
The Local Government Act 1995 provides the framework for local governments within Western Australia. The Local Government Act 1995 is an outdated piece of legislation. While there have been amendments since it was introduced in 1995, there have not been substantial amendments to reflect the changing expectations of the community or the advances in technology.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1995 https://www.legislation.wa.gov.au/legislation/statutes.nsf/main_mrtitle_551_homepage.html
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
Access to public information held by the Shire does not require lodgement of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. There are also many public documents available on this website such as:
Before lodging a Freedom of Information request, contact the Shire administration on 9645 2400 and ask about the specific information you wish to access. You may well find that you don’t need a FOI request.
In a situation where a FOI request is required, it should be lodged in writing with enough details to enable the requested documents to be identified. An address in Australia, and where possible a contact telephone number and e-mail address, should be provided.
For your information, the Western Australian Freedom of Information Act 1992 gives people a right to access documents of an agency, subject to the sensitivity of the document and the exemptions applied pursuant to the Act. The Act is designed to make State and local government more open and accountable to the public by creating a general right of access.
Exemptions for some documents include protection of essential public interest, personal information, commercial or business information, law enforcement, public safety and property security, confidential communications, deliberative processes, legal professional privilege and so on.
If you have to lodge a FOI request, it should be addressed to:
Shire of Quairading
PO Box 38
Quairading WA 6383
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org