Media release: Transport and Main Roads Compliance Review Report— July 2012

Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner compliance review report regarding the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) was tabled in Parliament today.

The review audited TMR’s compliance with the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld).

This report identifies areas of good practice and makes six recommendations for improving compliance. All recommendations were accepted by TMR.

Key findings include:

  • TMR regularly publishes valuable public sector information as a matter of course, including through the publication scheme and disclosure log.
  • TMR’s approach to handling requests for information is of a high standard, and other agencies should consider adopting their practices as a guide to efficient and client-focused information management.
  • Overall, TMR has an open culture, focused on the release of information to the community.

Information Commissioner, Julie Kinross said, “A proactive, transparent and systematic approach to the release of government-held information offers public sector wide benefits. It can build community confidence, increase accountability and improve public service delivery through better performance, productivity and policy development. TMR is steadily working towards these outcomes.”

“Stakeholders were very interested in obtaining TMR information and ready to work with TMR to facilitate this process, including by developing applications to help make the information available.”

“TMR is positioned to be a leader in the free flow of government held information into the Queensland economy by demonstrating how innovative methods of publication can work for both government and the broader public,” Ms Kinross said.

An audio grab (MP3, 4157.87 KB)containing comments from the Information Commissioner, and report are available (PDF, 923.82 KB).

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