Thursday, 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.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Tydd says that ‘Right to Know Week NSW 2023 aims to highlight how the online space empowers individuals to:
- critically assess information
- identify misinformation
- ensure that government remains accountable and responsive to citizen views.’
Read Commissioner Tydd’s full statement here Right to Know Week NSW 2023