Media release: Department of Education and Training follow-up review - 20 April 2016

Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner’s (OIC) follow-up compliance review report regarding the Department of Education and Training (DET) was tabled in Parliament today.

The follow-up report examines the extent to which DET’s has implemented the 19 recommendations identified in the original compliance review. The 2013/14 compliance review reported on DET’s performance under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act).

The follow-up review found that all 19 recommendations of the 2013/14 Compliance Review Report have been fully implemented.

Information Commissioner Rachael Rangihaeata said, “The Department's performance against the requirements of the RTI Act and IP Act is a strong result.”

“The Department’s implementation of recommendations regarding information governance and strategic leadership of right to information and information privacy was particularly pleasing given how important leadership is for a strong culture of transparency and accountability. The Department’s approach to measuring its own performance in implementing right to information and information will provide a model of good practice for other Queensland government agencies.”

Dr Jim Watterson, Director-General, Department of Education and Training said, “The Department has implemented all of the recommendations from the review and … the Department’s right to information and information privacy practices are now of a high standard.”

“The Department remains committed to meeting the right to information and information privacy requirements,” Dr Watterson said.

Key findings:

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has:

  • established policies and procedures for governance, management and monitoring of right to information and information privacy
  • implemented strategies encouraging local, two way resolution of requests for information, particularly through schools
  • updated the website to improve compliance and better promote right to information and information privacy, including provision of statistical information
  • improved general procedures about application handling; and
  • implemented strategies to ensure new and revised policies, procedures and forms address privacy.

Read the follow-up report here.

Media contact: Steve Haigh
Phone: (07) 3405 1111