Publication schemes

Under the RTI Act, agencies are required to publish a publication scheme as part of their websites. A publication scheme shows what information the agency routinely makes available and how the information can be accessed.

Agencies may also publish online disclosure logs as part of their publication schemes. Disclosure logs publish non-personal information to a wider public audience after it has been accessed by an applicant under the RTI Act.

An agency may publish a document on its disclosure log no earlier than 24 hours after the applicant accesses it. The agency may add supporting information to explain issues of public interest in greater depth. The general public can access the document free of charge. If it is not possible to publish a document on the disclosure log (e.g. where the document is too large to upload to a website), agencies may publish details of how to access the document.

Links to agencies’ publication schemes are set out below.

Agencies must comply with the Ministerial Guidelines about how to operate a publication scheme.

The Attorney-General has also made guidelines about the Brisbane City Council (BCC) publication scheme in relation to the information available of or about the BCC’s Establishment and Coordination Committee.  The BCC must comply with these guidelines.