Right to Know Week NSW 2023
Right to Know Week NSW 2023
The importance of the online space for access to information
25 September - 1 October 2023
About Right to Know Week
28 September marks International Access to Information Day, which recognises citizen rights around the world to access government information. This right is encapsulated under Article 19 of the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights.
In recognition of this day, NSW celebrates Right to Know (RTK) Week, educating public sector agencies and citizens on the Government Information (Public Access) Act or GIPA Act and raising awareness about citizens’ rights to access government held information. RTK Week will take place from 25 September – 1 October 2023 and will celebrate the theme of The importance of the online space for access to information.
IPC has been actively supporting Right to Know Week since 2014 and collaborates with several Right to Know Champions across various NSW public sector agencies, universities, and councils to promote this campaign.
Solomon Lecture 2023
Date: Tuesday 26 September 2023
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Format: In person and virtual
About: Ms Talei Elu, Seisia community member and 2023 Young Australian of the Year for Queensland, will be presenting on 'The Story of Seisia – How access to information in remote Indigenous communities can help to solve complex problems'.
Ms Elu will share her story about how the people of Seisia harnessed the information and contacts they had to lobby for better telecommunications infrastructure, ultimately securing a $1.09 million tower through the Regional Connectivity Program.
OVIC event: The importance of the online space for access to information.
Date: 28 September 2023
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
About: IAID Panel: Benefits and Barriers to Using the Online Space for Promoting Access to Information – Now and in the Future
Featuring NSW Information Commissioner Elizabeth Tydd, the expert panel will discuss the role the online space plays in promoting information access rights and the benefits of, as well as barriers to, using the online space to provide access to government-held information.
Informal Release Training Webinar and New Resources
This Training Webinar has been released as part of Right to Know Week NSW 2023 and has been developed for NSW agencies to learn about effective and efficient informal release of government information that better serves agencies and citizens alike.
The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) allows agencies to release information to you in response to an informal request.
This fact sheet is designed to address issues or questions you may have when considering asking for information from an agency informally or when an agency offers to release information informally.
This Guideline is part of a suite of information access resources provided by the Information Commissioner to facilitate informal access to information. Independent research conducted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and an audit of agency practices by the Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) identified the need to support agencies in the exercise of this function and to promote better administrative decision-making practices under the GIPA Act.
This checklist covers important information and considerations when managing and deciding an informal access application. It is designed to ensure that the practitioner has given consideration to all steps involved during this process. It contains links to templates and resources for agencies.
Informal release of information can be more efficient, flexible and timely for agencies and citizens. These templates will provide important information and wording when providing a decision on an informal release request. There are several response options depending whether access is provided.
This Template is intended to assist agencies in recording their applications for informal release. The Template contains the suggested minimum data to include in a record of an application to your agency. The IPC suggests including any additional fields, including relevant record numbers, which may assist in your record keeping.