Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner’s (OIC) compliance review report regarding Griffith University, the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland was tabled in Parliament on Thursday 27 November 2014.
The report details the findings of the OIC’s review of the four universities’ compliance with the legislation and guidelines that give effect to right to information and information privacy obligations. Overall, the four universities’ performance was strong, with each university showing particular strength in different areas. The review found all were progressing well in meeting their legislative obligations.
Information Commissioner Rachael Rangihaeata said, “Consistent with the push model, the universities proactively publish a wealth of significant information.”
“The review findings are encouraging and demonstrate a strong framework of proactive release, administrative access, application handling and privacy awareness, to facilitate greater access to information outside the formal access application process while protecting personal information,” Ms Rangihaeata said.
Areas of good practice were identified and 13 recommendations made to assist the universities in meeting their obligations and adopting good practices to move towards greater right to information and information privacy maturity.
Key areas for improvement include the need to build on current strategies for ongoing active monitoring and oversight of the pro-active release of information.
Ms Rangihaeata said, “With an undertaking to incorporate the improvement opportunities identified in this report, the four reviewed universities will continue to improve accountability and lead in sharing research findings for the betterment of university stakeholders and the broader community.”