Right to Information
The public have had a general right of access to information held by James Cook University since 1992 under the terms of the 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 is the new Right to Information Act 2009 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 (RTI) Act 2009 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 website 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.
If you cannot find the information you are seeking via the publication scheme or on the University’s website, you can submit an application for the information. In accordance with the RTI Act, requests must be made using the Queensland Government Right to Information and Information Privacy Access Application form. You can also contact the University's Right to Information Officer via email to determine if the information can be released.
Enquiries regarding Right to Information should be directed to the Right to Information Officer by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Scheme and Disclosure Log
The website for the Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland includes information and resources on Right to Information.