Community Legal Centres Queensland responded to the Queensland government's Consultation on the Review of the Right to Information Act 2009 and Information Privacy Act 2009. We recommend:
- The RTI Act and Chapter 3 of the IP Act should not be extended to apply to the documents of contracted service providers insofar as an extension of this nature would capture community legal centres.
- The public interest test should be simplified and reworked consistent with that contained in the NSW Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 in order to make it more comprehensible and accessible to all Queenslanders.
- Decision notices should be redrafted in plain English.
- Aspects of the RTI Act which allow for the frustration or unnecessary holding or delay of processing periods or timeframes should be minimised or removed, where possible.
- Retain current non-discretionary waiver provision in the RTI Act tied to the presentation of a concession card.
- Fees and charges associated with RTI applications should not be tied to the court system of filing and accessing court documents.