What is the Right to Information?
Previously known as Freedom of Information (FOI). The Right to Information Act 2009 (the RTI Act) commenced on 1 July 2009 and Information Privacy Act 2009 (the IP Act), came into force on 1 July 2010 replacing the Freedom of Information Act 1992 and Information Standards 42 and 42A: Information Privacy. The RTI deals with applications for non-personal information and IP deals with requests for personal information and amendments of personal information.
The Right to information Act is the Queensland Government's approach to ensure that the community is provided with greater access to information held by government agencies – unless on balance it is contrary to the public interest to provide that information.
This approach is provided for in the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). For more background information about the government's approach and details about the new legislation please Information Privacy Act 2009.
The primary object of the IP Act is to provide for:
The fair collection and handling in the public sector environment of personal information; and
A right of access to, and amendment of, personal information in the government's possession or under the government's control unless, on balance, it is contrary to the public interest to give the access or allow the information to be amended.
It is the government's intention that by proactively making information available, formal applications under the Right to Information Act will be made as a last resort.