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On Wednesday 28 September 2022 we will be celebrating International Access to Information Day (IAI Day) to recognise the unique value of your right to information.
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. Queenslanders, like the rest of Australia and the world, have faced significant challenges in recent times. Access to timely and relevant information helps individuals and the community to stay informed of the situation and make health, safety and financial decisions.
We know that Queensland’s economic and social recovery will benefit from continued timely access to accurate information so individuals and governments can make informed and better decisions about matters affecting them. IAI Day is a timely opportunity to raise awareness about information access rights and how greater openness builds trust between government and the community. It’s also a reminder of how far we have come in Queensland and the importance of the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009, which help protect the rights of Queenslanders.
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.