Celebrate International Access to Information Day 2020
On 28 September 2020 Queensland will be celebrating International Access to Information Day (IAI Day).
IAI Day is an opportunity for the community and government to come together around Australia and acknowledge the right to information and how it positively impacts our daily lives.
In 2020, this day is particularly relevant given the importance of access to information during crises, such as the current pandemic or natural disasters.
This year our IAI Day theme is Building trust through transparency.
When citizens have timely access to accurate information, it keeps them informed and empowered.
Access to government information also supports our response to and recovery from a crisis.
We’ve seen this in action over the past few months. Proactive disclosure of information has been critical to influencing community behaviour and achieving health, economic and social responses during the pandemic.
Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19 will rely on access to information, so individuals and governments can make informed decisions.
IAI Day has replaced Right to Information Day in Queensland which has been celebrated on the same date to mark International Right to Know Day since 2009. While the intent is still the same, the name change brings greater consistency across Australia and with the United Nations.
With the help of the Queensland community and public sector agencies, we can all promote the value of access to information, proactive disclosure and building trust through transparency.
Visit our IAI Day webpage for more information and resources, including posters, logos, social media shareables and a list of virtual events.