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    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.

    The theme for Right to Information Day on 28 September 2017 was Right to Information: Open and accountable government and the media’s role.

    Right to Information Day 2017 celebrated 30 years of open government since the Fitzgerald Inquiry, drawing on the 30th anniversary as an opportunity to revisit the lessons learnt over the past three decades around open government including the media’s role.

    Other key messages from this year’s theme included:

    • open government builds community trust
    • communities have the right to know and governments have a responsibility to share
    • government transparency strengthens community participation and our democracy
    • community access to government-held information keeps us accountable and transparent.

    For more information about right to information, visit the Office of the Information Commissioner's website.

    Privacy Awareness Week

    The theme for Privacy Awareness Week (15–21 May 2017) was Care when you share. Its purpose was to encourage members of the community to be more aware of what could happen to their personal information when they share it, particularly online. The department is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information it collects, holds and shares in an increasingly connected world. This includes meeting the challenges of cybersecurity and data protection.

    Are you taking enough care about your privacy?

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    Last updated:
    30 January, 2018
    Last reviewed:
    14 December, 2017