What is Right to Information and Information Privacy?
Legislation replacing the Freedom of Information Act 1992 came into effect on 1 July 2009, namely:
Right to Information (RTI) and Information Privacy (IP) legislation is the Queensland Government's approach to giving the community greater access to information.
The Queensland Government has made a commitment to provide access to information held by the Government, unless on balance it is contrary to the public interest to provide that information.
The Right to Information reforms aim to make more information available, provide equal access to information across all sectors of the community, and provide appropriate protection for individuals' privacy.
Right to Information Day
Right to Information Day is a global initiative held every year on 28 September. On this day, citizens, governments and organisations promote open, accountable and transparent government.
Last year on 28 September 2016, the theme for Right to Information Day was Open government in action.
Open government is more than just a right to access government-held information. It is understanding and exploring the possibilities of open government and building trust through better service delivery. Open government promotes greater openness, transparency and accountability in government.
Open government in action showcases what can be achieved when open government is put into action, using four streams:
- Open Information – expresses the overarching intent of open government and the right to information and how that translates into better outcomes and decisions for government and the community.
- Open Data – demonstrates the power and potential of proactively releasing datasets held by government.
- Open Services – outlines the opportunities available to public sector to deliver services to the community in a more effective and efficient way such as administrative access.
- Open Research – discusses the advantages of making research publicly available and builds on the ‘Open Access’ movement already well established across academia.
For more information about right to information, visit the Office of the Information Commissioner's website.
Privacy Awareness Week
What are you doing to protect your personal information?
Privacy Awareness Week was held from 9–15 May 2016, with last year’s theme being Privacy in your hands. During Privacy Awareness Week, we encourage members of the community to take responsibility for protecting their personal information. Educate yourself and take an active and informed approach to safeguarding your private information, particularly when interacting online.
- take the privacy test
- check your vulnerability to identity theft or
- access privacy information resources.