New video raises awareness of information access rights

March 3, 2020 - 2:26pm

The OIC has released a new video this week to help raise awareness and inform Queenslanders about their information access rights.

Queensland’s right to information laws encourage government agencies to push as much information as possible out to the public, unless there is a good reason not to (for example if disclosure would be contrary to the public interest).

The ‘push model’ encourages government agencies to be more open, accountable and transparent, which builds greater trust with the community.

There are many reasons people might need to access government information. Some examples include hospital records, building plans, crime maps, infrastructure projects, government reports, budgets and even updating personal information.

In the first instance, the OIC recommends Queenslanders visit the relevant government agency’s website or give them a call to find the information they are looking for.

It is important that government agencies are aware of their responsibilities under the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009, and it is also important the community understands their information access and privacy rights.

Watch the animation here.