Information Awareness Month

May 10, 2018 - 9:07am

Information Awareness Month (IAM) is celebrated in May, as an opportunity to promote the importance of good recordkeeping and information management.

The purpose of IAM is to increase awareness of the breadth of the information industry and the importance of properly maintaining good records and information as it relates to everyone from the public sector through to the private sector and the community.

This year’s theme for IAM is: Trust in the Digital World.

More information about IAM is available here.

The Office of the Information Commissioner is a strong advocate of good record keeping practices because it can improve access to government-held information while strengthening protections. Complete and accurate records are a cornerstone of open, transparent and accountable government.

Queensland’s Right to Information Act 2009 requires government agencies to proactively release information, unless on balance, it is contrary to the public interest. Government agencies are also required, under Queensland’s Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act), to protect the personal information they collect, store, use and share.

More information about what constitutes documents of an agency or documents of a Minister is available here.

More information about a health agency’s obligations under the IP Act to protect and secure personal information is available here.