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Environmental reporting improves information access for Queenslanders

June 17, 2019 - 10:49am

Since 1990 Queensland’s State of the Environment (SOE) Report has always been on the front foot when it comes to proactive release of information – setting a benchmark for other states and territories to follow.

The reports can be accessed by experts and the public, providing Queenslanders with greater access to a world of useful data. It also highlights the benefits of government agencies adopting a ‘push’ model, where information is proactively and routinely released, visible and linked to other relevant information.

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The pursuit of transparency

June 17, 2019 - 10:46am

Since the Right to Information Act came into effect, other legislation in Queensland has been amended to ensure greater transparency and accountability.

One example of this has been amendments to the Electoral Act (1992) and Local Government Electoral Act (2011). These changes led to the creation of the Electronic Disclosure System (EDS).

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Information access and medical records

June 13, 2019 - 11:08am

Sometimes information access requests intersect with privacy concerns and that’s where the Office of the Information Commissioner’s early resolution process can help.

In this example, Jack wanted access to his mother’s medical records after she passed away to find out if he was at-risk of any genetic health conditions.

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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 progress in right to information and information privacy

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Follow-up audit reports – Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service and Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service

June 11, 2019 - 10:20am

On Tuesday, 11 June 2019, the Chair of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety parliamentary committee tabled two reports, the first into the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service’s progress in implementing the five recommendations of our 2014-15 compliance review with the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld). The second audit assessed the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service’s progress in implementing the six recommendations of our 2016-17 compliance review with the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009.

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