Governance & legal

Our governance framework guides our decision-making process by creating effective systems, processes, policies and practices.


Delegations help us make our daily decisions in a timely and consistent manner. Under the Local Government Act 1995, the Council can delegate authority and powers to the CEO. The CEO can then delegate power or duties to employees.

We review our delegations register annual – this register shows who has authority or power for day-to-day decisions.

Freedom of information

Apply through freedom of information (FOI) for access to documents such as written materials, plans, films or copies of emails.1 Here’s what you need to get started…

1. Complete the request form
Download our FOI request form and return it via mail or email.


For more information, please refer to the Shire of Capel’s Freedom of Information Statement.

2. Provide enough detail
We need this to process your request.

3. We’ll be in touch
We’ll contact you within 45 days after we’ve verified your information.


How much does it cost?

There’s no charge to access your personal information.

Fee’s apply for all other information – we can provide a price estimate.

  • $30 application fee
  • $30 p/h staff time
  • 40c per page for A4 and 70c per page for A3 copies
  • Postage as required.

What information can I access?

We’ll try to accommodate your request but may not provide documents with:

  • other personal information
  • information that could give you a business advantage
  • information where disclosure would not be in the public interest.

Can I appeal a decision?

If you don’t agree with our response, you can appeal it through the Office of the Australian information Commissioner.


Let us know if you suspect wrongdoing. Under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act), all disclosures/whistleblowing will be protected, assessed, investigated and reported.

Public officials (disclosers) within the Commonwealth public sector can raise concerns under the PID Act. Authorities will investigate the disclosure and deal with the matter.

Need help?

Speak to a member of the governance team.

Things you should know

  1. Applications are not a guarantee that the requested information will be provided. It does not guarantee that the information will ultimately be provided.