Overview of section 13 RTI Act

Section summary

'Document of a Minister' refers to a document in the possession of or under the control of a Minister, provided the document relates to the affairs of an agency.


Section 13 of the RTI Act is substantively similar to section 7 of the repealed FOI Act, which defined 'official document of a Minister'.

Other relevant RTI/IP Act sections

Section 11, schedule 1 RTI Act
Under section 11, the RTI Act does not apply to documents mentioned in schedule 1.

See 'Section 11 RTI Act' Annotation

Section 12 RTI Act
Section 12 defines 'document of an agency'. A 'document of an agency' is not a 'document of a Minister'.

Schedule 6 RTI Act
Under schedule 6, 'Minister' includes a Parliamentary Secretary.

Other relevant legislation

Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Qld)
Under schedule 1 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Qld), a 'document' includes:

  • a) any paper or other material on which there is writing; and
  • b) any paper or other material on which there are marks, figures, symbols or perforations having a meaning for a person qualified to interpret them; and
  • c) any disc, tape or other article or any material from which sounds, images, writings or messages are capable of being produced or reproduced (with or without the aid of another article or device).

Last updated: March 16, 2012