Right to Know Week NSW 2022
Right to Know Week NSW 2022
Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance & Access to Information:
Next steps in NSW digital government
26 September - 2 October 2022
About Right to Know Week
28 September marks International Access to Information Day, which recognises citizen rights around the world to access government information. This right is encapsulated under Article 19 of the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights.
In recognition of this day, NSW celebrates Right to Know (RTK) Week, educating public sector agencies and citizens on the Government Information (Public Access) Act or GIPA Act and raising awareness about citizens’ rights to access government held information. RTK Week will take place from 26 September – 2 October 2022 and will celebrate the theme of Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information: Next steps in NSW digital government.
IPC has been actively supporting Right to Know Week since 2014 and collaborates with several Right to Know Champions across various NSW public sector agencies, universities, and councils to promote this campaign.
See this video from UNESCO about the right to access information:
From the Information Commissioner
Government service delivery in NSW is increasingly digital, and more information is being collected, stored and applied using digital technology.
These services allow citizens to have more convenient transactions with government and are changing the way government handles information, and should make it easier for citizens to access government information.
The Right to Know remains crucial in this digital age. As governments continue to provide digital solutions to citizens including the use of Artificial Intelligence in decision-making, there is a requirement to preserve and promote the public interest, accountability, transparency and citizens’ right to information.
NSW has embraced a digital transformation into e-Government and that transformation must be accompanied by e-Governance to ensure government remains accountable and transparent. Government has a duty to use new technologies to enable citizens to access information and participate in government decision-making. E-Governance is the digital realisation of an open, accountable participative democracy.
IPC CEO, Information Commissioner
NSW Open Data Advocate
It is essential that agencies consider their obligations under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) when developing or applying new technologies and using data to inform decision-making.
This fact sheet provides guidance to agencies on the release of information in relation to the use of automated decision-making systems.
The GIPA Act places various obligations on agencies within NSW in respect of the publication and release of the information that they create and hold. The GIPA Act also provides rights for persons to apply for access to government information.
These rights remain applicable where government uses technology to provide services and inform decisions.
This fact sheet has been developed to provide guidance about the definition of record, in particular digital records under the GIPA Act and what it means for agencies. The fact sheet also outlines the importance of agencies maintaining good digital recordkeeping practices to ensure it is able to comply with its legislative obligations.
This fact sheet is intended to assist applicants and agencies in understanding the requirements of section 57 of the GIPA Act.
This fact sheet aims to provide guidance on the creation of a new record under section 75 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).
Open access information is to be publicly available free of charge on the agency’s website (unless to do so would impose unreasonable additional costs on the agency).
Under the GIPA Act, all government agencies must disclose or release information unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.
Accordingly, when deciding whether to release information, decision makers must commence the public interest test from the position of acknowledging the presumption in favour of disclosure of information.