June 1, 2014 - 12:10pm
Wherever possible, formal applications for government-held information under the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act) should only be made as a last resort.1
June 1, 2014 - 12:07pm
“I made a complaint two months ago about my neighbour’s barking dog. I want to know what you’ve done about it”.
Sound familiar? Many agencies encounter this situation on a regular basis, where a complainant informally requests, or formally applies for, access to information about a complaint they made.
June 1, 2014 - 12:04pm
As a decision maker, you are only able to make one decision about access in relation to an application. This decision must deal with all of the documents relevant to the access application. The Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) do not allow you to split the application into parts and make separate decisions because:
June 1, 2014 - 12:01pm
You may find that OIC requests preliminary documents and assistance even when an application for external review is received outside the 20 business day statutory timeframe. This is because we are required to consider whether to exercise our discretion to accept the application ‘out of time’, which is specifically provided for by the RTI and IP Acts1.
June 1, 2014 - 11:46am
Just in case you missed hearing about these resources, here’s a snapshot.