Right to Information Day will be held on 28 September and Livingstone is an Official Partner of the 2019 event. Throughout the week we will confirm our commitment to improving access to information for the community consistent with the Right to Information Act 2009(RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009(IP Act). The RTI Act and IP Act are part of a broader framework supporting us to meet community expectations for a more open, transparent and accountable government.
This year’s theme, ‘A click online saves time’ focuses on proactive release and administrative access of information, including the promotion of government online services. The Right to Information Act 2009 encourages a culture of openness, transparency and accountability within a responsive public sector which, in turn, builds greater trust in the services agencies provide to the community. RTID is designed to raise awareness of every individual's right of access to government-held information; and the public sector’s responsibility to release information, if it is in the public interest to do so. It is a day on which citizens and governments from around the world can support this fundamental human right and promote open, democratic societies in which there is full citizen empowerment and participation in government. Click here to access our agency’s publication scheme and administrative access arrangements, such as online services, are examples of how we proactively release information to the community. However, certain sensitive information may not be released where the RTI Act and IP Act recognise to do so would be contrary to the broader public interest, for example certain law enforcement information.