Media release: Review of Information Awareness within Government Released—10 September 2012

Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner has today released the Results of Desktop Audits 2011–12: Review of publication schemes, disclosure logs and information privacy awareness in departments, local governments, statutory authorities and universities report.

The report reviews the compliance of over 160 Queensland government agencies with the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) from the point-of-view of a community member seeking government held information from agency websites.

This report identifies 12 key findings to improve the proactive disclosure of government held information and to better protect individuals’ privacy.

Key findings include:

  • Agency websites could be better used to promote administrative access to ensure formal applications are made only as a last resort.
  • More than 80% of the RTI pages reviewed were easily accessible.
  • Significant information could be added to publication scheme classes relating to priorities, decisions, lists and finances.
  • 67% of agencies reviewed had a publication scheme, and these were generally easy to locate and populated with significant and appropriate content.
  • Agencies could better populate disclosure logs with information, as currently many are empty or contain few documents.
  • Depending upon the agency and sector, rarely more than 50% of material released under the RTI Act was published in disclosure logs.
  • Online forms, across all agencies, are of a high level of compliance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld).

Acting Information Commissioner, Ms Jenny Mead said, “Although good progress has been made, there is still room for improvement across the public sector.”

“The continued improvement of a pro-disclosure approach to government held information can deliver efficiencies and strengthen accountability mechanisms across the public sector,” said Ms Mead.

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