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.


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).