Note on data sources and appendices

The IPC’s annual Report on the Operation of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 is based on information submitted by NSW public sector agencies and analysed within the IPC. Data has now been collected for five years, beginning in 2010/11.

The data analysed for the Report on the Operation of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009: 2014 – 2015 (2014/15 Report) is derived from information submitted by NSW public sector agencies to the IPC. The data has been entered into an online GIPA Tool by NSW public sector agencies and submitted electronically through the GIPA Tool to the IPC. While the IPC holds this data, agencies are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the GIPA data that is entered into the GIPA Tool and submitted to the IPC. The IPC analyses and aggregates the data into the appendices available in the links below.

The data analysed for the 2014/15 Report should be considered a snapshot of agencies’ compliance as at 1 December 2015 (this is the date when agencies’ reported data was downloaded by the IPC). It should be noted that not all agencies had submitted their annual reports to the IPC by this time. Data updates by agencies may affect historical data and future reports. The IPC will continue to work with agencies to improve data quality.

The annual reporting period for universities is a calendar year. For the 2014/15 Report, universities’ data is included in the relevant financial year to assist with cross-sector comparability. For example, GIPA data from universities’ 2014 annual reporting has been treated as for the 2014/15 financial year.

This page provides links to the appendices for the 2010/11 to 2014/15 reporting periods. The appendices available on this page are at an aggregated level.  Please note that as part of ongoing data quality review and verification, the data in these appendices does vary from that in previous years' Reports and should be used instead of the data contained in those reports.

Table: Effect of changes made to previous years' data

Report

Details

Mandatory Proactive Release

No significant changes.

Authorised Proactive Release

The IPC has revised its methodology for calculating agency compliance with this measure. In previous reports the number of agencies conducting reviews was compared with the total number of agencies that are subject to the GIPA Act. Material changes to the number of agencies reporting via cluster departments or other agencies have necessitated a revised approach which compares the number of agencies conducting reviews with the number of agencies actually reporting in a particular year.

Informal Release

No significant changes.

How many applications were lodged?

Reduction in the number of formal applications lodged in earlier years.

Invalid applications

Reduction in the percentage of applications that were found invalid and in the percentage of invalid applications that subsequently become valid.

Who applied?

The main effect of the corrections has been to reduce the number of applications reported from not for profit organisations and increase the numbers from members of the public (including by legal representative).

What was asked for?

No significant changes.

Did applicants get what they asked for?

The main effect of the corrections has been to reduce the number of applications reported from not for profit organisations and increase the numbers from members of the public (including by legal representative).

How quickly were decisions made?

No significant changes.

How was the public interest test applied?

Small reductions in the number of times that CPOPIADs and OPIADs were applied in 2010/11, and 2011/12 and 2012/13.

How were decisions reviewed?

No significant changes.

Were applications transferred between agencies?

None. This is the first year that this data has been reported.


2014/15
Links to appendices (these are excel files):

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