Media release: Momentum Must Be Maintained—1 July 2011

1st July marks the second anniversary of the implementation of the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (RTI Act) and Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act).

During the past two years Queensland has witnessed a significant shift in information rights and responsibilities.

Information Commissioner Julie Kinross acknowledges the effort of Queensland government agencies, "In two years significant progress has been made, which is encouraging. This momentum however must be maintained to ensure the reforms are fully realised."

The RTI and IP Acts provide a strong foundation for all government agencies to employ a ‘push model’ and release government-held information as a matter of course, unless there is a good reason not to. Formal access to government-held information should only be used as a last resort.

Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) replaced the repealed Freedom of Information Act 1992 (Qld).

Information Commissioner's reflections on the first two years will be published on our web shortly.

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