News: Right to Information Day 2018 will be celebrated in Queensland from 24 to 28 September 2018

Guest blog post from the Office of the Information Commissioner.

To mark the important occasion of Right to Information Day – our colleagues at the Office of the Information Commissioner have asked us to share some information about this special day.

So over to the OIC … and thanks for sharing.

Right to Information Day 2018 will be celebrated in Queensland from 24 to 28 September 2018.

Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) is marking this occasion by raising awareness about information access rights and responsibilities.

This year’s theme is ‘Trust and Transparency’ as we focus on moving from adopting the principles of the Right to Information Act to embedding a deeper culture of openness and transparency within the public sector. This contributes to building greater trust in the services we provide to the community.

Information Commissioner Ms Rachael Rangihaeata said, “RTI Day is an opportunity for all government agencies to revisit how they can contribute to a more open, transparent and accountable government.”

“This can be achieved by releasing government held information proactively and administratively, and engaging meaningfully with the community about their specific information needs,” Ms Rangihaeata said.

Right to Information Day activities also include the Solomon Lecture which the OIC will host in partnership with the Public Service Commission.

Professor Ken Smith, Chief Executive and Dean of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government will deliver the Solomon Lecture on 24 September 2018 from 11am to 12:30pm, at Level 41, 1 William Street, Brisbane.

Ms Sonia Cooper, Acting Commission Chief Executive, Public Service Commission, Queensland, will also speak at the event.

If you are unable to attend the lecture you can watch the live webcast.

Find out more about RTI Day, including free resources, and the Solomon Lecture on the OIC website – https://www.oic.qld.gov.au/rtiday2018.

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