Right to Know Day (28 September 2017) is an international annual event that aims to increase awareness of individuals’ right of access to government information and open, transparent governance.
In 2017 NSW marks this occasion as Right to Know (RTK) Week – from 25 September to 1 October – to raise awareness about accessing government information in NSW.
This year’s theme is ‘Right to Information: Open and accountable government and the media’s role’, where:
- Open government builds community trust
- Government transparency strengthens community participation and our democracy
- Community access to government-held information keeps us accountable and transparent.
This means that:
- I have a right to access government information
- I have a responsibility to release government information
- Communities have the right to know. Governments have a responsibility to share.
Annual Solomon Lecture
Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner will host one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists, Mr Kerry O’Brien, who is set to deliver this year’s Solomon Lecture as part of Right to Know Week.
Key themes will include the right to access government-held information, the media’s role in keeping the community informed about government decisions, and the impact on trust.
Watch it streamed live on 28 September 2017 at 9.00am.
Get involved today
The Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) invites organisations to celebrate RTK Week by signing up as Champions.
Becoming a RTK Champion is easy and it's free! You will be supported with downloadable resources to help spread the RTK message in your organisation.
For your support, the IPC will display your organisation logo on our dedicated webpage, and acknowledge you in social media posts and editorial (where appropriate). You will also receive a letter of thanks from the Information Commissioner.
Already a Champion?
Championing Open Government: Right to Know Week 2017 wrap up
The Information and Privacy Commission NSW took the opportunity to spread the message of individual’s right of access to government information and open, transparent governance through a number of key initiatives. Read more here.