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Annotated legislation

The reprints used for the Office of the Information Commissioner’s annotated versions of the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (Qld) (FOI Act), RTI Act and IP Act (annotated legislation) are sourced from, and used with the permission of, the Office of The Parliamentary Counsel.   Although the Office of the Information Commissioner endeavours to ensure the text of the legislative provisions reproduced within the annotated legislation is current, we do not warrant its currency or accuracy.  Please consult the Office of The Parliamentary Counsel’s website for authorised current reprints of the legislation.

The annotated legislation deals with issues in a general way and is not legal advice.  The Office of the Information Commissioner carefully considers the specific circumstances arising in each external review.  Additional factors, which are not detailed in the annotations, may be relevant in specific circumstances.

The annotated legislation is updated from time to time to incorporate significant amendments and to reflect significant decisions.  The “Last updated” date indicates when any amendment was last made to the particular page of the annotated legislation; please note this does not mean that the annotated legislation has captured all legal developments as of that date.

Any summary of a decision included in the annotated legislation is not intended to be a substitute for the reasoning contained within the whole decision, and is not to be used as additional or different reasoning from the original decision.

Many of the legal concepts and principles explained and applied in decisions under the now repealed FOI Act may continue to be relevant when applying the RTI Act and IP Act.  Accordingly, the related links for RTI Act and IP Act annotations sometimes include links to FOI Act annotations.  Please note though that care needs to be taken in assessing the applicability of FOI Act decisions as the schemes of the RTI and IP Acts are quite different from that of the earlier Act.

Please note: the Office of the Information Commissioner developed the annotated legislation for use by its staff as part of the office’s commitment to proactively managing its knowledge resources.  We consider it a valuable resource and have therefore decided, in the interests of openness and transparency, to make it available for others to use.

Guidelines and Practice Notes

Guidelines and Practice Notes published on the Office of the Information Commissioner website are introductory only, and deal with issues in a general way. They are not legal advice and additional factors may be relevant in your specific circumstances. For detailed guidance legal advice should be sought.

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