From the Information Commissioner
Right to Know Week NSW plays an important and active role in supporting NSW public agencies with their obligations in providing access to government information and data to the NSW community. This year the NSW Right to Know theme is Future Proofing Information Access Rights.
Increasingly government information is held in digital form, decision-making and services are increasingly automated. The community has a right to access NSW government information and the increasing digitisation of government has implications for how governments can improve outcomes for citizens seeking access to this information.
The increasing adoption of technology demands the preservation, assurance and assertion of information access rights. To achieve these outcomes, government licensing and contractual arrangements should ensure accessibility and ‘explainability’ in the provision of government services and decision making.
In upholding the right to access information, individuals can understand and have confidence in how decisions are made and, importantly, assert their rights in respect of those decisions.
There has never been a more important time to recognise the intrinsic value of the right to access to information and the dependencies that secure that right.
This year we are providing agencies with guidance informed by research and surveys to assist agencies in their stewardship of digital information and in upholding their responsibilities to provide advice and assistance to citizens seeking access to information.
I am delighted to be leading this year’s Right to Know Week NSW campaign in collaboration with our Champions, including NSW public sector agencies, state-owned corporations, universities and councils. I hope you will join us and get involved.
IPC CEO, NSW Information Commissioner
NSW Open Data Advocate