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.


Parliamentary committee reports on OIC’s performance

August 13, 2013 - 3:15pm

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee (Committee) recently published their report on the performance of the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) for the 2011-2012 financial year.



Review of Right to Information and Privacy laws

August 12, 2013 - 11:55am

The Queensland Government is conducting a review of the Right to Information Act 2009 (the RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (the IP Act).


Legal Professional Privilege and Breach of Confidence Half-Day Workshops

August 7, 2013 - 12:03pm

We are offering two 3 hour workshops for agencies on the Legal Professional Privilege and Breach of Confidence exemptions to help practitioners understand and apply these concepts to RTI and IP access applications. This workshop will be offered twice on Thursday 7 November 2013, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, in the 111 George Street Auditorium.


Changes to the privacy guidelines

July 31, 2013 - 1:48pm

When the Information Privacy Act commenced the OIC created a large twelve part Privacy Guideline which covered all aspects of privacy principles compliance. In order to improve the usability of the guideline, and limit the need to download more than one part, we have separated it into individual guidelines covering a single subject. Each of these new individual stand-alone guidelines have been placed in the relevant section of Guidelines for Government—Privacy Principles.