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What about freedom of information?

Freedom of Information laws (FoI laws) provide members of the public with access to documents held by Government departments, agencies and Ministers. FoI laws do not apply to the private sector, though there are some Government owned Corporations that are subject of FoI laws.

There are freedom of information laws at state and federal level. Very few community organisations will be subject of the FoI laws.

In Queensland, the Freedom of Information Act 1992 applies across a range of agencies. At federal level, the Freedom of Information Act 1982 also applies to a range of federal agencies.

Key issues around the topic of Freedom of Information laws include understanding whether FoI laws apply to the community organisation and ensuring that community workers are trained in FoI laws and policy.

Queensland Information Commissioner