The Guideline for local councils provides relief from the obligation under the act to publish on the internet as part of the "open access " publication requirement, the register of interests of councillors and designated members of the staff.The returns will remain available for inspection at a council, as they have been for years. (Given the detailed information that must be included in the returns about the individual, family members and others, its a sensible decision to not require this to be up on the web, available to all and part of the world's collection of knowledge. For mine, I would have still required internet publication of something more appropriate for the web. Queensland requires a council to publish extracts from the register of gifts, hospitality benefits and membership of organisations, like this at Gold Coast City Council - Mayor and Councillors register of interest. There is nothing to prevent a NSW Council going down this path voluntarily, a process authorised by the act - any starters?
( Good, but a missed opportunity here, so far, to pick up on the Queensland lead to require much more. The GIPA mandatory publication requirements are relatively weak, with regulation the only way to extend them as the Information Commissioner can issue guidelines but not extend beyond he legislated categories. NSW should move towards continuous disclosure of information now required to be published once a year in the annual report, such as senior management travel, and financial and performance data, and service delivery reports. And add to that grants over a certain amount, the gift register, policy research and statistical reports. Again nothing to stop an agency voluntarily embracing these ideas-anyone?)