Right to Information Day 2017
Right to Information: Open and accountable government and the media’s role.
Right to Information Day (RTI) will be held on 28 September 2017. We 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 the Public Trustee of Queensland to meet community expectations for a more open, transparent and accountable government.
This year’s theme is: 'Right to Information: Open and accountable government and the media's role. Open government builds community trust, and strengthens community participation in our democracy. RTI Day promotes greater openness, transparency and accountability in government.
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. However, we also remain responsible for protecting certain sensitive information from release, including personal information. We must ensure:
- up-to-date information is routinely made available to the community and published online.
- we find out what information people need and are interested in, and we prioritise making it accessible.
- our staff are aware of how people can request information from us, for example through established administrative access processes for specific types of information, and we promote how to access it.
- our staff are aware of how we facilitate media information requests via our Media Protocol, ensuring media requests are dealt with promptly by referral to the Manager Marketing and Communication and only through a formal application process as a last resort.
- where someone requests information through a formal application process, it is provided to them, unless on balance it is not in the public interest to do so.
- we comply with the RTI Act, the IP Act and the Public Records Act 2002 and adopt good practices in all aspects of our work.
We can build better trust through better service delivery and RTI can assist us to do so. All of our staff are required to comply with the RTI Act and the IP Act in all aspects of their work. The Public Trustee of Queensland's administrative access arrangements and the Publication Scheme: http://www.pt.qld.gov.au/site-footer/right-to-information/published-information/ are examples of how we can proactively release information to individuals and the community.
You can find out more about your information rights here: http://www.pt.qld.gov.au/site-footer/right-to-information/ or you can visit the Office of the Information Commissioner's website at: https://www.oic.qld.gov.au/ to access a range of resources.