Right to Information Act

Right to Information Act

The Right to Information Act 2009 (the RTI Act):

  • gives you a right to apply for access to documents held by government departments, agencies and Ministers
  • requires a separate application to each department, agency or Minister you seek information from. There is an application fee for every RTI Act application
  • requires each government agency to publish a publication scheme on its website
  • requires departments and Ministers to publish a disclosure log on its website of documents that have been released in response to Right to Information applications, subject to certain restrictions, such as personal information.  It is discretionary for other agencies as to what is published on the disclosure log.
  • establishes the Information Commissioner and Right to Information Commissioner to oversee Right to Information in Queensland

The RTI Act applies to:

  • Government departments
  • Ministers
  • Local governments
  • Public authorities
  • Certain government-owned corporations and subsidiaries

The RTI Act replaced the Freedom of Information Act 1992 and promotes a broader “push” model of greater proactive and routine or ‘administrative’ release of information.

Credit card payments are accepted as part of an online application process. Credit card details are not accepted for payment of the application fee by email, facsimile or telephone.  Please contact the relevant department or agency to confirm their preferred payment method.