Media release: Follow-up review report - Queensland Universities - 30 November 2016

Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner’s (OIC) follow-up review report regarding the Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland was tabled in Parliament today (30 November 2016).

The follow-up review examines the extent to which the four universities have implemented the recommendations of our original compliance review, which examined the universities’ performance under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act).

We made 13 recommendations in our 2013-14 report. Of these recommendations, 10 applied to all four universities, and three applied to a specific university, making a combined total of 43 recommendations.

The follow-up review found that the four universities have fully implemented 40 of the 43 recommendations.

Acting Information Commissioner Jenny Mead said, “The universities’ implementation of our recommendations demonstrate their commitment to a culture of openness and transparency.”

“The universities’ adoption of strategies to maximise disclosure was particularly pleasing, given the benefits that flow from proactive and administrative release of information, such as innovative re-use of data and strengthened community trust. It was also encouraging to see that the universities had adopted processes to measure and drive continuous improvement of their right to information and information privacy functions.”

Key findings

The universities have:

  • published a policy statement promoting two-way community engagement about access to university-held information
  • developed performance measures to monitor their RTI and IP functions at the operational and strategic level
  • developed and published an online Information Asset Register
  • improved online information, including about administrative access arrangements
  • implemented strategies to actively monitor and oversee the proactive release of information.

Read the full report

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