14 Dec

Freedom of Information Laws to be reviewed

Community Review of Freedom of Information Law

The Queensland Government is seeking input from the community on a review of the Queensland’s Right to Information Act 2009 and Information Privacy Act 2009.

History of Freedom of Information Laws

Criminal lawFollowing the Fitzgeral Inquiry (1987 – 1989), the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission recommended that Freedom of Information laws be introduced in Queensland. The Freedom of Information Act 1992 was the governments response.  It permitted access to information upon application.

In June 2008 the Solomon Report was handed down.  It proposed a difference approach, in that government bodies ought publish information unless there was a good reason not to. The response was the Right to Information Act 2009 and Information Privacy Act 2009.

Both of these Acts are an important part of Queensland’s legal framework.  They balance the need for access to government information and the rights of individuals to have information remain confidential.

Public Submissions

The Attorney-General (Qld) now seeks submissions from the public.  Any comments or submissions are to be provided by Friday 3 February 2017.

Click on the link below to access the discussion paper:

The State of Queensland (Department of Justice and Attorney-General), 2016 Consultation on the Review of the Right to Information Act 2009 and Information Privacy Act 2009.


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