Right to Information

Chancellery Right to Information

Right to Information

The public have had a general right of access to information held by the University since 1992 under the terms of Freedom of Information Act 1992 (Qld).

In September 2007, the Queensland Government commissioned a comprehensive review of Queensland’s Freedom of Information legislation. The report made 141 recommendations for reform.

The Queensland Government supported in full 116 of the report’s recommendations and either partially or in principle supported another 23 recommendations. The result has been the new Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI) and the Information Privacy Act 2009. Both Acts were assented to on 12 June 2009 and came into force on 1 July 2009. Access to and amendment of personal information is now formalised in a separate Information Privacy (IP) Act.

The Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) promotes greater openness and accountability by requiring all Government Agencies to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme and a disclosure log. A disclosure log lists all previous RTI requests to make them easily accessible to others.

Documents available through the publication scheme or from the web site are free of charge (unless otherwise stated). An access application fee is payable for requests under the RTI Act for non-personal information. Further processing fees may be payable as set out in the Right to Information Regulation 2009 (see link below).

If you are unable to find the information you are seeking via the publication scheme or on the University’s web site you can submit an application for the information. In accordance with the Act requests have to be made using the Queensland Government 'Right to Information and Information Privacy Access Application' form (see link below) or contact the University's Right to Information Officer via e-mail to determine if the information is able to be released.

Any queries regarding the Right to Information should be directed to the Right to Information Officer (secretariat@jcu.edu.au).

The web site of the Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland includes information and resources on right to information (see link below).