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RTI Exemptions

One of the primary objectives of Right to Information (RTI) and Information Privacy (IP) is to facilitate, greater community access to the information of government, however the legislation also acknowledges that there is still a need for balance, to ensure that information contrary to the public interest is not released.

As such, it is important to remember that access to some documents may be prevented, due to the exemptions and public interest tests provided within the legislation.

Examples of matters which may restrict the release of a document include:

  • information subject to legal professional privilege
  • information that could endanger a person’s safety
  • disclosure of the personal information of an individual
  • disclosure of information that could affect confidential communications
  • information that could disclose the trade secrets of an agency or another person

For a full listing of all exemptions and public interest balancing tests go to the Queensland Legislation website and refer to the  Right to Information Act 2009 and Information Privacy Act 2009.

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