Media release: Agency Progress on Right to Information Reforms—14 June 2011

Report by Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) on Agency Progress on Right to Information Reforms: Results of the self assessed electronic audit completed by Queensland public sector agencies.

The electronic audit captured Public sector agencies’ assessment of their own progress in meeting their obligations under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld). This audit contributes to and informs OIC’s overall monitoring program.

Key findings include:

  • Better implementation when there is strong leadership with an active commitment to the reforms within an agency
  • Full or partial implementation of 72 percent of the reform obligations across the public sector including departments, local government, universities and GOCs
  • Strong reported performance in the initial implementation of publication schemes, and in putting in place roles, responsibilities, delegations and authority to implement the reforms, meeting privacy obligations and in engaging with applicants under the legislation
  • Weaker reported performance in adopting the ‘push’ model, making arrangements for information to be accessed administratively and monitoring their own progress
  • An identified need for further internal training and awareness raising by agencies

Information Commissioner Julie Kinross stated, “These results are encouraging. Now a sustained effort is needed across the sector to make sure the reforms are fully realised”.

Media contact: Mr Steve Haigh, Manager, Training and Stakeholder Relations
Phone: 07 3405 1111