Desktop and Electronic Audit Reports tabled in Parliament

September 10, 2013 - 1:25pm

The Office of the Information Commissioner recently finalised two reports: 

  • Results of Desktop Audits 2012-13: Review of Publication Schemes, Disclosure Logs and Information Privacy Awareness in Government Owned Corporations, Local Governments, Statutory Authorities and Universities; and
  • 2013 Right to Information and Information Privacy Electronic Audit: Queensland public sector agencies responses and comparative analysis with 2010 results.


When are RTI applications paid by cheque or credit card valid?

September 1, 2013 - 9:25am

When can an agency consider an RTI application fee paid, and consequently that the application is valid, if the applicant chooses to pay by credit card or cheque?


Tell us a bit about yourself: Demographics and privacy

September 1, 2013 - 9:11am

Under Information Privacy Principle (IPP) 1, personal information collected by agencies must be directly related to or necessary for a lawful purpose of function of the agency involved. In addition, IPP3 requires that collected information be relevant for that purpose. If the information being collected is necessary for the purpose of collection under IPP1, it will generally be relevant for the purpose under IPP3.


Obtaining personal information held in another agency

September 1, 2013 - 9:04am

When carrying out their functions, agencies may find themselves needing to access personal information held by another agency. There are a number of provisions in the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act) which can enable this access. The provisions mostly operate to provide ‘permission’ for the agency to give the personal information to the other agency.


External Review case study - responding to applicant concerns as an alternative to focussing on access to documents

September 1, 2013 - 8:58am

Sometimes, when access is refused under the RTI Act, applicants make incorrect assumptions about the information that has been withheld. While OIC is under strict obligations not to disclose information in issue, sometimes through discussion and negotiation, agencies agree to OIC providing an explanation to the applicant which directly addresses their concerns without the need to disclose information which would be contrary to the public interest. OIC has successfully resolved a number of reviews on this basis in the 2012-2013 financial year.