Media release: Queensland Police Service Compliance Review Report—25 October 2011

Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner tabled a compliance review report of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in Parliament today.

The review outlines Queensland Police Services’ compliance with the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld).

All twenty-eight recommendations were accepted by the QPS.

Key findings include:

  • QPS has a wealth of additional information that, if published, would be of vital use to the wider community for research purposes, to improve community services or to improve the operation of the criminal justice system. Crime statistics are a significant, relevant and appropriate community resource for publication in the publication scheme.
  • In compliance with the Premier’s guidelines QPS needs to publish a full set of crime statistics, in a machine readable, re-usable format, linked to geospatial information.
  • During the 2011 natural disasters, QPS was responsive to community needs for real time information and pushed it out using new media.
  • Support for the RTI and IP information access application process varies throughout QPS and requires a renewed commitment. In some cases, there is a disparity between policy and practice regarding the reforms.
  • QPS adopts a ‘risk management approach’ when handling applications for information under the RTI and IP Acts, compromising service delivery to applicants and legislative compliance.

Information Commissioner, Julie Kinross, said, “Queensland Police Service is facing some challenges in implementing the reforms. However, I’m encouraged by the commitment to an open culture and strong leadership provided by the Police Commissioner.”

The review report (PDF, 714.42 KB)and an audio grab (MP3, 3112.8 KB) containing comments from the Information Commissioner are available.

Media contact: Mr Steve Haigh, Manager, Training and Stakeholder Relations
Phone: 07 3405 1111