Media release: Rockhampton Regional Council - follow-up review report

Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner’s (OIC) follow-up compliance review report regarding the Rockhampton Regional Council (RRC) was tabled in Parliament today (16 March 2016).

The follow-up report examines the extent to which RRC’s has implemented the 14 recommendations identified in the original compliance review. The 2013/14 compliance review reported on RRC’s performance under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act).

The follow-up review found that all fourteen recommendations of the 2013/14 Compliance Review Report have been fully implemented.

Information Commissioner Rachael Rangihaeata said, “This completes the first compliance review of a council’s performance under the RTI Act and IP Act by the Office and is a good result.“

“Rockhampton Regional Council is well placed to meet their legislative obligations and facilitate greater access to government-held information while protecting individuals’ personal information,” Ms Rangihaeata said.

Mr Evan Pardon, Chief Executive Officer, Rockhampton Regional Council said, “We have found the review process a valuable exercise in improving our Right to Information and Information Privacy processes."

“We are committed to continually manage, monitor and improve practices relating to RTI and IP,” Mr Pardon said.

Key findings:

Rockhampton Regional Council has:

  • improved information governance in right to information and information privacy
  • improved online information, including about administrative access arrangements
  • developed a Right to Information and Information Privacy Communication Strategy
  • improved communication with individuals applying to access documents; and
  • commenced an ongoing review of forms to meet privacy requirements.

Read the follow-up report here.