International Access to Information Day

Get involved

International Access to Information Day recognises the importance of the community’s right to know and to access information from governments around the globe.

Help raise awareness about our right to access government-held information this September and join us at one of the upcoming events to mark #AccessToInfo day. We invite you to show your support for government that is transparent and Open by design by sharing our resources with your networks.


Events

Raise awareness about the right to access government-held information by supporting International Access to Information Day.

ICON Information session

For government officers


Monday 27 September 2021

Virtual

Angelene Falk and Elizabeth Hamilton

To mark International Access to Information Day, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is hosting an information session for members of our Information Contact Officers Network (ICON) featuring a keynote address from Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk and a presentation on access to information issues from New Zealand Parliamentary Deputy Ombudsman Bridget Hewson.

Acting FOI Commissioner Elizabeth Hampton will also lead a discussion on proactive publication and information access through times of heightened activity and significant public scrutiny with Scott Tredwell, General Counsel the Federal Court of Australia.

Please note this event is for representatives of Australian Government agencies and ministers only.

If you are not an ICON member and wish to join the network and attend the event, please email icon@oaic.gov.au.

This event is now closed.

OVIC event launch and keynote


Monday 27 September 2021

Virtual

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) will hold a virtual event launch and keynote presentation. OVIC will also be holding a number of Lightning Talk sessions through the week.

More information is on their website.

Right to Know Week NSW launch event: Open Government – Transparency and Accountability

11:00AM AEST
Monday 27 September 2021

Virtual

The launch of Right to Know Week 2021 and celebration of the 10 years of the operation of the GIPA Act in NSW will include an examination of the operation of the GIPA Act since its introduction and the current NSW public sector landscape to preserve citizens’ rights to access to government information and elevate transparency.

See more on IPC NSW’s website.

Solomon Lecture


Tuesday 28 September 2021

Virtual

The Office of the Information Commissioner Queensland’s 2021 Solomon Lecture will be delivered by Professor Beth Simone Noveck on Solving Public Problems with Data.

Learn more on the OIC’s website.

InfoGovANZ event: Opening Government – Contemporary Opportunities and Challenges

1:00PM AEST
Thursday 30 September 2021

Virtual

Join NSW Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Tydd, Victorian Information Commissioner, Sven Bluemmel and facilitator InfoGovANZ Founder & Executive Director, Susan Bennett for a discussion on opening government – contemporary opportunities and challenges.

Register for the event here.

 

Access the OAIC’s information

You can access information we hold by:

Materials

Start a conversation about the importance of access to information at your Australian Government agency with our downloadable assets. These include:

  • A3 Posters
  • PowerPoint template
  • Email signature
  • Web banner
  • Social media tiles
  • Social media header images

Please use and adapt these resources to suit your needs. For more #AccessToInfo and #OpenByDesign assets and access to our supporter toolkit, please get in touch with us.

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Find out more

See how other Australian jurisdictions are marking International Access to Information Day:

The OAIC also works as part of the Open Government Partnership Australia including the co-creation of Australia’s third National Action Plan.

Learn about the International Day

You can discover more information about the international day from UNESCO.

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