10 years on: Queensland government agencies’ self-assessment of their progress in right to information and information privacy

June 13, 2019 - 10:23am

On Thursday, 13 June 2019, the Chair of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety parliamentary committee tabled our report:

10 years on: Queensland government agencies’ self-assessment of their compliance with the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld).

10 Years on reports on agencies’ self-assessments of their adoption of good right to information and information privacy practices for compliance with the Acts and better outcomes for the community. It summarises reported progress in implementing the legislation across the 10 years since commencement, highlights emerging trends and challenges, and guides action for the continued maturing of information access and privacy practices in Queensland to ensure agencies are well placed to meet community expectations and manage risk.

Across the 10 years, the self-assessments have shown agencies reporting positive progress towards handling applications appropriately, embedding relevant roles and responsibilities in the agency, engaging with applicants, and meeting fundamental privacy requirements.

However, agencies also reported less progress in administrative access to information, consulting with the community, monitoring performance and continuous improvement.

The core functions of information access and privacy establish a solid foundation for agencies to respond to emerging information demands and risks. To manage these emerging risks, agencies should –

  • keep pace with new types and sources of information
  • build privacy protections into the design of mobile apps and emerging technologies
  • minimise the risk of, and mitigate harm from, privacy breaches, and
  • build privacy impact assessments into all project design and management frameworks.

Read the report here