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Official Information (NZ0018)



Action Plan: New Zealand Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry of Justice and the State Services Commission

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Legislation & Regulation, Legislature, Right to Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Civic Participation , Public Accountability

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Commitment 7: Official information
To improve the availability of official information by:
• providing advice to the Government on whether to initiate a formal
review of official information legislation
• progressively increasing the proactive release of official information
by publishing responses to requests for information made under the
Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). This commitment builds on
work - undertaken as part of the National Action Plan 2016-2018 -
on official information to make information more accessible, which
promotes good government and trust and confidence in the State
New Zealanders:
• can have confidence that the regulation of official information
remains fit-for-purpose
• have equitable access to official information released in response to
specific requests.
Status quo:
The Law Commission’s 2012 review of official information legislation
recommended a number of changes to the OIA, some of which resulted in
Since the Ombudsman’s 2015 report on OIA practices, the focus has been
on improving agency performance on implementing the letter and the spirit
of the OIA.
There have been continued calls to take another look at the legislation.
The conversation and workshops with civil society to develop this Plan also
generated ideas and suggestions to improve official information legislation
and practice. This input will be built on to inform advice to Government
on whether a formal review of official information legislation would be
worthwhile, or whether the focus should instead remain on achieving
practice improvements. Lead agencies: Ministry of Justice and the State Services Commission
Timeline: October 2018 to June 2020
Commitment 7: Official information
OGP Values Public Participation,
Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil
the commitment
Start date End date
Test the merits of undertaking a review of the
Official Information Act 1982 and provide and
publish advice to Government
the report
back of the
Privacy Bill
June 2019
Achieve a measurable increase in the proactive
publication of official information request responses
June 2020
Implement a policy to publish Cabinet papers
proactively within 30 days of final decisions, unless
there are good reasons to withhold specific papers
January 2019


  1. Engagement with Parliament

    NZ0012, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Youth Parliament

    NZ0013, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. School Leavers' Toolkit

    NZ0014, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Making New Zealand’S Secondary Legislation Readily Accessible

    NZ0015, 2018, E-Government

  5. Public Participation in Policy Development

    NZ0016, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Service Design

    NZ0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  8. Review of Government Use of Algorithms

    NZ0019, 2018, Science & Technology

  9. Data Practice Transparency

    NZ0020, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. Monitoring Information Management Practice

    NZ0021, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  11. Open Data Government Organizations

    NZ0022, 2018, E-Government

  12. Open Procurement

    NZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  13. Open Budget

    NZ0005, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Improving Official Information Practices

    NZ0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Improving Open Data Access and Principles

    NZ0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Tracking Progress and Outcomes of Open Government Data Release

    NZ0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Ongoing Engagement for OGP

    NZ0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Starred commitment Improving Access to Legislation

    NZ0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Improving Policy Practices

    NZ0011, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. BPS Result 10 – New Zealanders Can Complete Their Transactions with the Government Easily in a Digital Environment

    NZ0001, 2014, E-Government

  21. ICT Strategy Action 13 – Open by Default: Active Re-use of Information Assets

    NZ0002, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. National Integrity System Assessment

    NZ0003, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. The Kia TūTahi Relationship Accord

    NZ0004, 2014, Capacity Building