The Right to Information (RTI) Act aims to increase public access to Government information. As a general principle, the Queensland Government has moved to a “push model”, where information should be released or made available as a matter of course, rather than waiting for the public to “pull” information through recourse to Legislation. The access provisions embodied in the RTI Act may be considered as a last resort to access information that is not otherwise available.
The Premier has directed that all agencies publish a Publication Scheme that explains the information that the public can access. This scheme sets out classes of information and the terms on which Council will make this information available.
The publication scheme replaces the Statement of Affairs traditionally published by Councils, and includes:
- Council’s statement of principles underlying the scheme
- The classes of information that Council will make available through the scheme
- An information disclosure log indicating information released in relation to information requests, and
- How you can access the information and who to contact in relation to the Publication Scheme.
The information that Council will make available through the Publication Scheme will not generally include information that is:
- Prevented by law from disclosure or is exempt under the RTI Act
- In draft form
- No longer readily available as it is contained in archives or is difficult to access for similar reasons.
Documents are available in alternative formats upon request.
About Us – Who we are and what we do
Our Services – The services we provide
Our Finances – What we spend and how we spend it
Our Priorities – What our priorities are
Our Decisions – How we make decisions
Our Policies – Our policies and procedures
Our Lists – Lists and registers
Lists and Registers
The Local Government (Operations) Regulation 2010 requires Council to maintain the following register of interest to be open for inspection. Click here for more information.
Charges for information
There is no charge for examining any publication scheme information contained on our web site. However, there may be a charge if a large volume of printed material is required. You will be told about any photocopying charges at the time of your request. The cover price will be charged for any publications produced by Council for sale. Charges will be kept under review and there is no intention to charge for material that has previously been made available for free.
Complaints about Publication Scheme
If you have any concerns that the information contained in the Publication Scheme is not available, please email Council firstname.lastname@example.org and describe what link or information is missing or not working.