Right to Information Day 2018 - Trust and Transparency

Right to Information (RTI) Day will be held on 28 September and we are an Official Partner of the 2018 event. Throughout the week 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 'Trust and Transparency’, which will shift our focus from the right to information principles to the practices that deliver greater openness, transparency and accountability to the public sector. Open government and proactively releasing information builds community trust in the services we deliver.

We support the community’s right to access government-held information and recognise that RTI should be the avenue of last resort for the community. Our publication scheme, disclosure log and administrative access arrangements, are examples of how we can proactively release information to individuals and the community. However, 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.

An important activity associated with RTI Day is the Solomon Lecture. The Solomon lecture will be hosted by the Queensland Office of the Information Commissioner in partnership with the Public Service Commission on 24 September 2018 from 11am to 12:30pm, at Level 41, 1 William Street, Brisbane. Which you can register online to attend. If you cannot attend I encourage you to watch the livestream.

Find out more about right to information or alternatively you can visit the Office of the Information Commissioner’s website.