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Queensland: OAIC responds to consultation of Queensland right to information framework

The Office of the Australia Information Commissioner ('OAIC') issued, on 8 August 2022, a response to the proposed changes to Queensland's Right to Information Act 2009 and Information Privacy Act 2009 ('the Queensland right to information framework'). In particular, the OAIC highlighted that the proposed changes include amending the Queensland right to information framework to more closely align with the Privacy Act, 1988 ('the Act'), and ensure consistency of regulation across domestic jurisdictions.

More specifically, the OAIC considers that reforms to the Queensland right to information framework should follow general principles, including among other things that:

  • decision making on information access requests should be timely and efficient;
  • requests under the right to information legislation should be complemented by provisions that facilitate proactive publication of government information; and
  • information access schemes should incorporate alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for parties to resolve applications by agreement without the need for a formal decision, as well as a merits review system.

However, the OAIC noted that the Commonwealth Attorney-General is currently conducting a review of the Act, while changes to the Queensland right to information framework is also under review.

You can read the response here.