Right to Information

International Access to  Information Day - 28 September 2021

On 28 September we celebrate International Access to Information Day (IAI Day). This year’s theme ‘Open by design: government transparency everyone can see’ promotes the value of proactively releasing information in times of crisis and recovery.

Access to Information Day 2021As individuals, we’ve all seen the benefits that timely access to accurate and relevant information brings, particularly during a crisis. It helps us to stay informed of the situation, provides us with ways to stay safe or help out and empowers us to make decisions about matters affecting us. We know that Queensland’s economic recovery will benefit from timely access to accurate information so individuals and governments can make informed decisions. Continued government openness, transparency and accountability will be fundamental to this process.

Did you know that Townsville City Council regularly releases information through several online portals including the Townsville Dashboards, Open Data, Administrative Access Arrangements, and this website? Council also encourages residents to participate and have their say on a range of projects and initiatives in our community. Residents’ feedback contributes to shaping our city, and guide Council on decision making and planning for the future.

Townsville City Council collects and stores personal and general information about the region, properties, our services, projects, community interests, libraries, even animals. Documents held by us include paper files, microfiche, print-outs, computer records, files, visual material, CCTV and audio recordings.

The Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act) recognises that there should be an increased flow of information in the government’s possession to the community and encourages government to make as much information available while maintaining the appropriate levels of privacy and confidentiality.

Townsville City Council aims to make it easy for the public to access our information, maximise the amount of corporate information that is publicly available and is committed to openness and transparency. Council promotes proactive release of information and encourages Council workers to actively support activities to make corporate information available to the public in an easy to use, efficient, self-service manner and in accordance with the RTI Act and IP Act.

Townsville City Council is committed to providing access to information in the Council’s possession or under the Council’s control unless on balance it is contrary to the public interest to provide that information.

Council routinely releases information through several portals including the Townsville Dashboards, Open Data, Administrative Access Arrangements and this website. Council encourages residents to explore these options prior to contacting us in relation to RTI and IP applications.

For further information please review Townsville City Council’s Right to Information Policy and Information Privacy Policy.