Access to CCTV Footage

CCTV Cameras

The Devonport City Council has operated a Closed Circuit Television System (CCTV) since 2000. The system is operated to enhance public safety and security, and is operated with the support of Tasmania Police. Cameras operate in the CBD and the Four Ways shopping precinct. Council operates and manages its CCTV system in accordance with relevant Commonwealth and State legislation including the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth), the Personal Information Protection Act 2004, Listening Devices Act 1991 and the Security and Investigations Act 2002. Members of the public may apply to view or receive a copy of CCTV footage. Applications will be assessed in accordance with the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009, and eligibility criteria in respect to requests for the release of CCTV footage/images.

Guidelines for requesting to view CCTV footage/images

The Application to View CCTV footage/images Form(PDF, 29KB) must be completed and returned to the Devonport City Council. Requests to view CCTV footage/images will be assessed in accordance with the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009. As in accordance with the Act, applicants will be notified of the decision within 20 working days of the application being accepted by the Devonport City Council. An application fee of $36.00 applies, as is currently charged for Right to Information requests.

Guidelines for requesting release of CCTV footage/Images

Electronic media, and the release thereof, is made available only to Tasmanian and Federal Police and civilians who meet the criteria listed below, and who agree to comply with the requirements for handling, used and return of released information. Under Devonport City Council's guidelines, an application by a civilian to receive a copy of footage/image from a Council CCTV camera will only be approved if the applicant is:

  • A lawyer or legal representative acting on behalf of a person alleged to have committed an offence/s which may have been captured by a Council CCTV camera;
  • A lawyer or legal representative acting on behalf of the Tasmanian or Federal Government or a Statutory Authority against a person alleged to have committed an offence/s which may have been captured by a Council CCTV camera;
  • A lawyer or legal representative acting on behalf of a person who alleges they have been a victim of an offence which may have been captured by a Council CCTV camera;
  • A victim of an offence who will be representing themselves in a court of law or tribunal in relation to an offence which may have been captured by a Council CCTV camera. Additional evidence (court documentation, copy of criminal charge or a Statutory Declaration) will be required in these instances to support the application.

The Application to Release CCTV Footage/Images Form(PDF, 31KB) must be completed and sent to the Devonport City Council.

Requests to release CCTV footage/images will be assessed in accordance with the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009.

As in accordance with the Act, applicants will be notified of the decision within 20 working days of the application being accepted by the Devonport City Council. An application fee of $36.00 applies, as is currently charged for Right to Information requests.