Release of inaugural dashboard and metrics on the public’s use of FOI laws

November 28, 2017 - 1:37pm

Australian Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen have released the inaugural dashboard of metrics on public use of freedom of information (FOI) access rights.

The metrics are the first of their kind and will enable the community to examine the performance of their local FOI laws and to advocate accordingly, as well as improving community understanding of how FOI laws work and how to access them.

View the dashboard of FOI metrics here.

The metrics reflect the currently available data that is reasonably comparable across jurisdictions and the priorities agreed in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan, to develop uniform metrics on public use of FOI access rights (Commitment 3.2) to promote the importance of better measuring and improving our understanding of the public’s use of rights under freedom of information laws.

The inaugural dashboard covers data from 2014-15 and 2015-16, including:

  • count of formal applications by type of applicant
  • formal applications received per capita
  • percentage of decisions on formal applications/pages where access was granted in full or part
  • percentage of all decisions made on formal applications/pages where access was refused in full
  • percentage of all decisions made within the statutory timeframes
  • percentage of applications received which are reviewed by the jurisdiction’s Information Commissioner/Ombudsman

More information is available here.