Media release: Right to Information Day – 28 September 2015
Right to Information Day, on 28 September, is an opportunity to remind Queenslanders about their right to access government information as well as the government’s responsibility to release information publicly.
Information Commissioner Rachael Rangihaeata said, “This year’s Right to Information Day theme is A right to information. Play your part. The theme acknowledges that the community and government have a part to play in providing greater and easier access to government information.”
“We are encouraging citizens to think about what information they actually need from government and to be clear and specific when requesting information. And we are encouraging public servants to know their information responsibilities to promote good service delivery and timely access,” Ms Rangihaeata said.
The Right to Information Act 2009 applies to Queensland state Government departments and Ministers, local councils, public universities, statutory authorities, government-owned corporations and other public authorities.
Ms Rangihaeata said, “The right of all citizens to access government-held information is a cornerstone for achieving open, transparent and accountable government.”
“Government should make information publically available or release it on request, with formal access applications only necessary as a last resort,” Ms Rangihaeata said.
“Government-held information is required to be made available unless there is a good reason not to disclose it.”
For more on information visit https://www.oic.qld.gov.au/rtiday2015
28 September 2015
Media contact: Steve Haigh - Manager, Training and Stakeholder Relations
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