Commissioner visits Gympie
QUEENSLAND’S new Privacy Commissioner Linda Matthews visited Gympie on Friday for the Local Government Women’s Association Annual State Conference.
Her presentation focused on the Information Privacy and Right to Information acts and, in particular, how they impacted on local government. Ms Matthews said the goal of Queensland’s first information privacy legislation, introduced in 2009 and commencing on July 1, 2010, was to make the state government as accountable as possible.
While the act was “technical”, she said it did not restrict information but made it more transparent and easier to follow the trail if it was breached. “It’s quite a technical act and we are trying to make it as easy (as possible) to understand,” she told The Gympie Times.
The Information Privacy Act, in conjunction with the Right to Information Act 2009, aims to create a balance between maximum disclosure of government information and protection of an individual’s personal information.
Attorney-General Cameron Dick told The Morning Bulletin in Rockhampton last week that the act was not intended to prevent robust reporting of local council procedures and decisions.
“There is definitely no prohibition on councils releasing details of meetings, minutes and agendas,” he said.
“These guidelines clearly state the disclosure of personal information at a council meeting is not a breach of the act if the meeting is open to the public.”