Right to Information explained
The Right to Information is the Queensland Government's approach to giving the community greater access to information. This approach applies to the University.
The Queensland Government has made a commitment to provide access to information held by the Government and public authorities (which includes USQ), unless on balance, it is contrary to the public interest to provide that information.
New legislation replacing the Freedom of Information Act 1992 came into effect on 1 July 2009, namely:
The Right to Information reforms aim to make more information available, provide equal access to information across all sectors of the community, and provide appropriate protection for individuals' privacy.
Administrative Access Scheme
The Administrative Access Scheme allows access to routine information, held by USQ, without the need for a formal application under the Right to Information Act 2009 or the Information Privacy Act 2009. The Administrative Access Scheme allows students and staff to access, under supervision, their personal staff or student file.
The USQ Publication Scheme describes and categorises information routinely available from USQ. It has been developed to give the community greater access to information held by government and public authorities, including USQ. Information is grouped and accessible through seven classes:
What our priorities are and how we are doing
How we make decisions
Our policies and procedures
Commencing 1 July 2009, USQ publishes released documents (non-personal information) to the USQ disclosure log. A disclosure log makes information available (released documents) following a decision about an application for access under the RTI Act. 'Personal affairs' information, including an individual's name (the applicant) will not be disclosed.