The Western Australian Freedom of Information Act 1992 (FOI Act) gives the public the right to apply for access to documents held by State Public Sector agencies, subject to some limitations.

Agencies are required to assist applicants to obtain access to documents at the lowest reasonable cost.

Read the Shire of Ashburton's statement here:

Information Statement 2023 - 2024.

What kind of information can I request?

You can request any information or documents held by the agency. These include tape recordings, videos, photographs, drawings, paper records and more. There are some limitations to the information you can request.

You can also apply to gain access to your personal information contained in agency documents, with the option to request any necessary updates.

Procedure for incoming freedom of information applications 

How can I make an FOI application?

FOI Application Form

Complete the above application form to access the information you require. If you are seeking non-personal information, an application fee may be required. No fee is required for personal information.


What happens next?

Once your application has been received, the agency has 45 calendar days to process your application and determine whether you are able to access the documents you have requested.

You will be provided with a written notice of decision by the agency, detailing reasons for or against provision of access. You have the option to apply for an internal review within 30 days if you are unhappy with the decision. If you are still dissatisfied following the internal review process, you may lodge a request for review with the Information Commissioner within 60 days of receiving the internal review decision.


How can I find out more information?

Please contact the Shire of Ashburton’s on [email protected] or phone 08 9188 4444.