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Australia

Access to Information (AU0020)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Australia Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Information and Privacy Commission NSW on behalf of Commonwealth. State and Territory Information Commissioners and Ombudsmen. and supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Support Institution(s): Information Commissioner Accountability Round Table, Australian Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network

Policy Areas

OGP, Right to Information, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Engage States and Territories to better understand
information access
Commitment Start and End Date
September 2078-August 2020
Lead implementing agency/actor
Information and Privacy Commission NSW on behalf of Commonwealth. State and Territory Information Commissioners and Ombudsmen. and supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Commitment description
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
Under Australia's federal system of government. responsibilities are shared between different levels of government. To date. participation in the Open Government Partnership has occurred primarily at the federal government level.
There is significant work underway at the state and territory level that contributes to the development of a culture of government openness. enhanced levels of transparency and greater public accountability. The right to access government information is independently oversighted by the Commonwealth. State and Territory Information Commissioners and Ombudsmen.
Currently, there is no consistent mechanism to enable an assessment of awareness of the right to access government information and experiences in exercising that right at each level of government.
What is the commitment?
This commitment will better provide for subnational participation in the Open Government Partnership process to build understanding of information access frameworks. We will achieve this by:
l. facilitating administrative arrangements between state and territory governments and Australian Government officials responsible for Australia's Open Government commitments to support collaboration and learning on open government matters (including highlighting the opportunity for formal subnational cooperation and membership in the Open Government Partnership). and
2. engaging with Information Commissioners and Ombudsmen to seek agreement to conduct surveys to measure citizens· awareness of the right to access government information. and their experiences and outcomes in exercising that right. These surveys will inform activities to promote and support the right to access government information
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
Wewill promote fuller participation in the Open Government Partnership by Australian states and territories (providing greater opportunities to enhance government transparency and accountability), and, in particular, enhance understandings of how the right to information access is experienced by Australians.
Why is the commitment relevant to OGP values?
By facilitating greater participation in the Open Government Partnership process by state and territory governments, this commitment will advance all the OGP values.
In particular, by better measuring the value citizens place on the right to access government information, and their awareness of, and their experiences and outcomes in exercising that right. This commitment will advance the OGP value of access to information.
Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable
Administratively engage state and territory governments to raise awareness of the Open Government Partnership, support collaboration and learning on open government matters, and highlight the opportunity for formal cooperation and subnational membership.
7/1/2018 – 12/31/2018
Engage with state and territory information commissioners to: agree to the design of a survey to measure the value citizens place on the right to access to information and their awareness of, and their experiences and outcomes in exercising that right.
7/1/2018 – 12/31/2018
Conduct survey
1/1/2019 – 9/30/2019
Analyse and publish results of survey
7/1/2019 – 12/31/2019
Contact Information
Contacts: information and privacy commission NSW
Email and phone
Elizabeth.tydd@ipc.nsw.gov.au
Other Actors
State and Territory Information Commissioners and Ombudsmen and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Accountability Round Table, Australian Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network


Australia's Commitments

  1. Strengthen anti-corruption framework

    AU0016, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  2. Political Donation Transparency

    AU0017, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  3. Data sharing

    AU0018, 2018, E-Government

  4. Improve Public Service Practice

    AU0019, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Access to Information

    AU0020, 2018, OGP

  6. Enhance public engagement skills in the public service

    AU0021, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Independent Review of the Australian Public Service

    AU0022, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Expand open contracting

    AU0023, 2018, E-Government

  9. Whiste-blower Protections

    AU0001, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  10. Beneficial ownership transparency

    AU0002, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  11. Extractive industries transparency

    AU0003, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  12. Combating corporate crime

    AU0004, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  13. Data Innovation

    AU0005, 2016, E-Government

  14. Public Trust in Data Sharing

    AU0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Digitization of Government Services

    AU0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Information Management and Access Laws

    AU0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Freedom of Information

    AU0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Access to Government Data

    AU0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Electoral System and Political Parties

    AU0011, 2016, Public Participation

  20. National Integrity Framework

    AU0012, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  21. Open Contracting

    AU0013, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. OGP NAP

    AU0014, 2016, OGP

  23. Public Participation

    AU0015, 2016, Capacity Building