Right to Information Day (28 September) will be marked throughout September and we are an Official Partner of the 2019 event. Throughout September we will confirm our commitment to improving access to information for the community consistent with the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act). The RTI Act and IP Act are part of a broader framework supporting us to meet community expectations for a more open, transparent and accountable government.
This year’s theme is 'A click online saves time’, as we focus on proactive release and administrative access of information, including the promotion of government online services. The principles of the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) encourage a culture of openness, transparency and accountability within the public sector. It also contributes to more effective and efficient service delivery which can result in building greater trust in the services we provide to the community.
RTI is more than just a right to access government-held information: we need to release more information to the community, and in a way that makes it easy for people to access. This ties in with the theme A click online saves time. Both agencies and the community save time when we proactively publish information online, or promote how to informally request information, and the community make less formal access applications under the RTI Act.
Certain sensitive information may not be released where the RTI Act and IP Act recognise to do so would be contrary to the broader public interest, for example certain law enforcement information.
More information about right to information is available here at the Office of the Information Commissioner’s website www.oic.qld.gov.au