Right to Information Day 2018: Celebrating access and empowerment

September 28, 2018 is the 16th annual celebration of Right to Information (RTI) Day.

Right to Know Day, started in 2002, is an international event advocating for access to information at all levels of society, and fully empowered communities, engaged with the democratic process.  In Queensland, the day is celebrated as Right to Information Day, (RTI Day) marking the role that the Right to Information Act 2009 has played in providing easier access to government information to all Queenslanders.

Public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs), being integral information access hubs for Queenslanders, are in a unique position to use RTI Day to raise community awareness. Awareness not only around the day itself and the conversations it will inspire, but the resources and tools available every day of the year to connect people with government information.

The Solomon Lecture, this year delivered by Professor Ken Smith, Chief Executive and Dean of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, will focus on this year’s RTI Day theme, Trust and Transparency.  The lecture will be held on Level 41, 1 William Street, Brisbane on the day, and will be live streamed. Bookings can be made if you would like to attend in person.

Libraries and IKC’s may also consider hosting their own events to mark the day, by becoming an RTI Day Partner. It’s easy, it’s free, and involvement could be as little as popping up a poster, to promotion of your information access services, to celebration of success stories of free and open access in action! The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) has produced a RTI Day Partner Booklet and some great partner resources to help you spread the word.

And if nothing else, RTI Day could remind your community of the many resources at their finger tips, to connect them with their information, available from their government.

RTI Day logo

For further information on becoming an RTI Day partner, please contact:

Communications and Engagement Officer

Office of the Information Commissioner

(07) 3234 7373

events@oic.qld.gov.au

For general enquiries on the operation and application of Queensland’s Right to Information and Information Privacy legislation:

(07) 3234 7373

enquiries@oic.qld.gov.au