Right to Information Day
Right to Information Day is celebrated annually across Australia and around the world on 28 September.
Queensland marks this occasion by acknowledging the contribution of the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (RTI Act) to facilitating greater and easier access to government-held information.
This year's theme 'Open government in action' will showcase what can be achieved through greater openness, transparency and accountability in government. The possibilities will be explored through four key streams:
- Open Information – expresses the overarching intent of open government and the right to information and how that translates into better outcomes and decisions for government and the community.
- Open Data – demonstrates the power and potential of proactively releasing datasets held by government.
- Open Services – outlines the opportunities available to public sector to deliver services to the community in a more effective and efficient way such as administrative access.
- Open Research – discusses the advantages of making research publicly available and builds on the ‘Open Access’ movement already well established across academia.
The Solomon Lecture
To mark Right to Information Day, we are also presenting the annual Solomon Lecture, which is named after Dr David Solomon, who reviewed Queensland’s FOI laws in 2008.
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RTI Day resources
We will be launching a range of new resources leading up to Right to Information Day 2016.
|Youtube Animation - How to access Queensland government-held information|
Other RTI resources
- RTI myths - busted
- What citizens’ legal rights to information and privacy mean for CEOs (PDF, 112.15 KB)
- Brochure - Accessing information held by government (PDF, 227.13 KB)
- Administrative release of information (PDF, 77.73 KB)
- Admin access checklist
- Applications for medical records of the deceased
- How to review and measure your agency's progress in implementing RTI
- Information obligations of Public Service Employees
- What does the RTI Act mean to me as a public sector employee?
- Starter guideline and checklists for new organisations
- Information sheets for the community
- Guidelines for government
Get involved - become a Right to Information Day partner!
OIC is encouraging agencies and private sector organisations to become a partner in this year’s Right to Information Day activities.
This is a great opportunity to highlight an organisation’s commitment to information rights and support for a more open, transparent and accountable government. Becoming a partner is easy and it’s free.