International Conference of Information Commissioners endorses resolution on proactive publication

July 6, 2021 - 2:10pm

The Queensland Information Commissioner, Rachael Rangihaeata recently participated in the closed virtual session of the 12th annual International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) on 23 to 24 June 2021. Hosted by the Brazilian Office of the Comptroller General, the session provided an opportunity to share knowledge and best practices to advance information access rights.

A key outcome of the conference was endorsement of a resolution put forward by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and co-sponsored by Queensland OIC and 6 other organisations. The resolution recognises that public authorities make significant decisions that affect public health, civil liberties and economic participation, and emphasises the importance of access to information in the context of the ongoing global pandemic.

The resolution states, “Recognising the role that access to information has in building trust in our global community during times of crisis and beyond, Information Commissioners around the world highlight the importance of the proactive disclosure of information held by governments or public institutions.”

The joint statement on the resolution can be found here.