The Perils of the Copyright Act and Development Applications

8 Apr, 2019

The Copyright Act: long, complex, outdated, and a potential trapdoor for local councils when dealing with documents accompanying a development application. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has recently handed down a decision which illustrates the difficulties for councils in…

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Restraint Orders under the GIPA Act – an update

7 Jun, 2016

Last year, LTL wrote about a decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Pittwater Council v Walker)  in which restraint orders were made under s110 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) preventing Mr Walker from lodging access applications…

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Review of the GIPA Act

30 Jul, 2014

Councils and public sector agencies are reminded that a review (Review) of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) is currently being undertaken. Any council or agency wishing to make submissions to the Review must do so by 29 August 2014.

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Is an Opinion on a DA ‘personal information’?

30 May, 2013

In Donnellan v Ku-ring-gai Council [2013] NSWADT 115, the Administrative Decisions Tribunal considered a claim that access to submissions on a development application (DA)  should not be granted to the proponent of the DA under the Government Information (Public Access) Act…

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Copyright vs the GIPA Act

30 Apr, 2012

In March 2012, the Office of the Information Commissioner (‘OIC’) issued a ‘knowledge update’  on ‘Copyright and compliance with the GIPA Act’ (‘the Update‘). The Update discusses  advice received by the OIC on the relationship between the obligations upon local…

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ADT allows release of code of conduct investigation report

26 Apr, 2012

Further to our post on Hurst v Wagga Wagga City Council [2011] NSWADT 307, the Administrative Decisions Tribunal has recently handed down a judgement on the release of a local government investigation report into allegations of misconduct and maladministration.

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