The Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act) deal with access to documents held by Queensland government agencies. Formal access applications under the RTI and IP Act should be made as a last resort only.
QPS administrative access schemes and Online Services
QPS administrative access schemes and Online Services make information available for purchase or by application to QPS or another agency that holds the information.1 For example, QPS has schemes in place for court briefs, police photographs, and criminal histories.
CITEC Confirm – traffic incident reports and property crime reports
A person may be able to obtain a copy of a traffic incident report (and related documents) or an extract of a minor property crime report by applying to CITEC Confirm. For more information, contact CITEC Confirm on (07) 3222 2700 or 1800 773 773 or email email@example.com.
RTI and IP access applications
The RTI Act gives members of the public the right to apply for access documents held by Queensland government agencies and Ministers. The IP Act gives an individual the right to apply to access and amend their own personal information held by government.
Accessing police investigation documents
Under the RTI and IP Acts you have the right to apply to access police documents. You do not have to give reasons for wanting to access the documents you are applying for, but in some cases doing so may help the agency make their decision.2
While you can apply for almost anything, you need to be aware that there are certain types of information you will not be given access to, for example the name of a person who made a complaint against you or anything that would reveal a confidential source of information. This is because this kind of information will be exempt or contrary to the public interest to release and the RTI Act allows the police to refuse you access to it. For more information, please refer to Applying for complaint documents and What is the public interest.
Where to send QPS access applications
Right to Information
Queensland Police Service
GPO Box 1440
Brisbane Qld 4001
How to make an application under the RTI or IP Act
For information on how to make an application under the RTI or IP Act, applicants should refer How do I apply for government documents?. You may also wish to contact the OIC Enquiries Service on 07 3234 7373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 1 See QPS’s website available at https://www.police.qld.gov.au/rti/published/services/.
- 2 See Accessing documents to pursue a legal remedy
Current as at: April 13, 2017