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Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic)

Victoria’s Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives the public a right to apply for access to documents in North East CMA's possession unless exempt. Find out more about our application process and payment required.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you may want to:

You may:

  1. request access to documents of a non-personal nature about work the North East Catchment Management Authority has done, is doing or plans to do, and our policies, decisions and actions
  2. request access to documents about your personal affairs and if necessary have them amended.

Some documents are exempt from release, for example if they:

  • contain trade secrets
  • may affect legal proceedings
  • affect personal privacy.

How long will your request take

We must make and communicate to you a decision on your request within 30 days unless extended in accordance with the Act. 

The period starts when

  • your request is viewed as sufficiently clear for us to process


  • your application fee has been paid or evidence has been provided to waive the fee

and where relevant

  • we receive your deposit payment.

Fees and charges

When you apply you must pay the application fee. The application fee is fixed at $31.80 for 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024, and will increase to $32.66 from 1 July 2024. Our application form shows the payment methods we accept.  

Access charges (for searching, making copies of and preparing documents) may apply to your request. We apply these charges in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Access Charges) Regulations 2014.

If we estimate charges will be more than $50.00, we will advise you of our estimated charges and request a deposit before we process the request.

If the charges are less than $50.00, we will let you know the payable charges when we send you our decision.

Ready to apply?

North East CMA encourages anyone applying for documents under the Freedom of Information Act to use the application form. The form includes information about how to ensure your request is valid.

Download the Freedom of Information Request Form

Requests for access to documents under s 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) are subject to an application fee. Applicants are welcome to seek the fee be waived or reduced based on the grounds of hardship. The application fee for these requests is:

FOI requests to North East CMA can be made in writing by:


FoI Officer

North East CMA

PO Box 616

Wodonga Vic 3689




Please mark this: Attention FoI


In Person

Level 1

104 Hovell Street

Wodonga Vic 3690

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Freedom of Information - Part II Statements

North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA) releases information as online and printed documents, in meetings and at community events and other activities. The purpose of this Part II Information Statement (required under Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 1982) is to help you: • find out about our organisation • see what types of information and documents we produce, and what is available on our website • see how we manage Freedom of Information requests.

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