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As individuals, we’ve all seen the benefits that timely access to accurate and relevant information brings, particularly during a crisis. It helps us to stay informed, provides us with ways to stay safe and empowers us to make decisions about matters affecting us.
Tuesday 28 September 2021 we celebrate International Access to Information Day (IAI Day). This year’s theme ‘Open by design: government transparency everyone can see’ promotes the value of proactively releasing information, particularly in times of crisis and recovery.
IAI Day is a timely opportunity to look at how we can improve our systems and business practices to be Open by Design and increase proactive release to the community in how we work across our agency.
Our everyday actions are important in re-affirming our commitment to improving access to information for the community, consistent with the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009.
Remember – Right to Information in Queensland requires that we release information unless it would be contrary to the public interest to do so.
Familiarise yourself with our Right to Information policy, Publication Scheme, and how we provide access to information relevant to your work area through proactive disclosure or informally on request. Formal access applications should always be the last resort when other access is not available.
For further information please contact Council.
You can also visit www.oic.qld.gov.au for more information about IAI Day or information access and privacy rights and responsibilities.
With your help, together we can promote the value of access to government information and instil a work culture that promotes openness and proactive disclosure.