This Information Sheet explains how individuals can apply to access documents relating to a recruitment process held by a Queensland government agency1.
A Queensland government recruitment process can generate a substantial amount of paperwork for the job candidates and the agency.
Generally, candidates should first seek feedback from the selection panel at the conclusion of the recruitment process. Most government agencies advise candidates about how to obtain feedback and the agency officer (usually the Chair of the selection panel) to contact for feedback.
If the agency is unable to provide you with the information you are after, or you would like access to further documents about the recruitment process, you can apply under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (RTI Act) or the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act).
You are not likely to gain access to all documents relevant to a selection process. There are limits on what agencies can disclose to candidates as they are required to comply with the RTI Act2, which determines what information can be disclosed and how access to documents may be given.
Information about unsuccessful applicants is not generally disclosed. Some information about successful applicants and the way in which the selection process has been undertaken is generally disclosed.
The lists below set out some of the types of information which have been considered by the Information Commissioner under the RTI Act. These are not exhaustive lists and disclosure will depend on the circumstances of every matter.
The Information Commissioner has consistently recognised the importance of providing meaningful and effective feedback to unsuccessful candidates so that they understand how the recruitment decision has been made, ie the areas in, and the basis upon, which the successful candidate was assessed as being superior to the unsuccessful candidate.3
For this reason the following types of documents are generally given to unsuccessful applicants under the RTI Act or IP Act:
Generally, disclosure of the following documents is considered contrary to the public interest and will usually not be provided to an applicant under the RTI Act or IP Act:
While disclosure of the above listed information is considered contrary to the public interest, if the third party (the person whose information is being sought) is consulted by the government agency and they do not object to the disclosure, then the government agency may choose to disclose the information.
For more information about how to lodge a valid access application, please refer to How do I apply for government documents?
Current as at: April 13, 2017