Skip Navigation Linkswhat-is-rti

What is Right to Information?

​​​​​​​The "Right to Information" 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, unless on balance it is contrary to the public interest to provide that information.

Legisla​​tion replacing the Freedom of Information Act 1992 came into effect on 1 July 2009:

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.

More detailed information about RTI can be found at the Queensland Government Right to Information website

Information privacy

The Information Privacy legislation aims to regulate public sector handling of the personal information requested, collected, used and disclosed as part of its business functions.

The legislation defines personal information as information or as an opinion, including:

  • information or an opinion forming part of a database;
  • whether true or not;
  • whether recorded in a material form or not;
  • about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion.

To read more about information privacy, visit the Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland.

Our Information Privacy Obligations has more information about the personal information the department collects, why it's collected and how it will be used.

Privacy statement

The department is committed to balancing personal privacy and the public's right to access information held by the Department. To this end, the department complies with the Information Privacy Act 2009. as well as the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld)

The department actively releases datasets to the public in accessible, readable and helpful formats and is committed to continuing this practice.

The department does not publicly release data that includes personal information about identifiable people.

It endeavours to keep such data secure, up-to-date and relevant, and will only use it for the purpose for which it was collected.

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0) ( )
Last updated
18 December 2017