What is the Right to Information? What is the Right to Information?

The Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009 is the Queensland Government's approach to giving the community greater access to information.

The Queensland Government has made a commitment to provide access to information held by the Government and local councils, unless on balance it is contrary to the public interest to provide that information.

New legislation replacing the Freedom of Information Act 1992 came into effect on 1 July 2009, namely;

The Right to Information aims to make more information available, provide equal access to information across all sectors of the community, and provide appropriate protection for individuals' privacy.

The right to information gives you the right to access and amend information held by public sector agencies in Queensland, unless ther is a good reason for it not to be provided.  You have a right to access your personal information held by government under the Information Privacy Act 2009.  You have a right to access personal and non-personal information held by government under the Right to Information Act 2009. 

Further information about Whole of Government policy and the new legislation, including application forms, is available from www.rti.qld.gov.au or www.qld.gov.au/righttoinformation.

*  Please note that most of the documents on this site are currently only available in pdf format.  Should you be unable to view these documents, please contact Council and we will endeavour to meet all reasonable requests for an alternative hardcopy format of the document, including charging for costs incurred in producing copies where necessary.

How do I Access Information? How do I Access Information?

Searching for information

Before submitting a Right to information application or Information Privacy application for access solely to your own personal information, you should check to see if the information is already available. The disclosure log publishes information that has been released in response to other Right to Information requests, while our publication scheme describes and categorises information we routinely make available.

Some of our information may be released administratively by business units. You can access this information without having to lodge a formal application

Administrative access may be used for the following information:

  • certain types of non-personal information devoid of sensitivity and confidentiality
  • an individual's own information but not that of another person, unless consent has been provided.

Where a document contains the personal or commercial information of more than one person, the information will only be accessible through administrative access when all parties have given prior written consent.

Please contact the relevant business unit directly for any information which may be released administratively.

Information can be accessed via the documents published through the:

If you are unable to find the information you are searching for, please contact Council.

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