Information Commissioner progresses her commitment towards improved Public Participation in NSW
The NSW Information Commissioner Elizabeth Tydd has today published a report, Towards a NSW Charter for Public Participation.
“This report progresses my commitment to promote public participation and assist agencies in achieving success in their engagement with NSW citizens through a six-step process,” said Ms Tydd. These steps include:
- Identify international leading practices
- Consult with citizens and government
- Assess existing public participation mechanisms
- Co-design citizen charter for public participation
- Culturally embed public participation
- Monitor and promote public participation.
Part 3 section 20 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) provides that a regulated NSW public sector agency (other than a minister) must have a current Agency Information Guide (AIG) that specifies any arrangements that exist to enable members of the public to participate in the formulation of the agency's policy and the exercise of the agency's functions.
AIGs provide a valuable mechanism to promote currency of information identification and appropriate release which serves to stimulate visibility and accessibility of government information. The value of government information as a strategic asset is realised in the application of that asset.
“Towards a NSW Charter for Public Participation outlines the work the Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) has done to progress public participation in agency (not ministerial) policy formulation and the exercise of agency functions,” said Ms Tydd.
This report provides:
- the NSW context for public participation and recognises progress to date;
- findings of the desktop monitoring of the AIGs of principal departments;
- insights from the IPC’s trialling of an online consultation platform; and
- a sample of Australian and international resources to support public participation and assist agencies.
The report concludes by setting out the future action that the IPC will take to advance public participation and Open Government.
“The IPC will continue to work closely with agencies to provide assistance to ensure that agencies and citizens realise the benefits of meaningful engagement supported by the GIPA Act,” said Ms Tydd.
“The way forward will see the IPC work collaboratively across the regulated sectors to create a NSW Charter for Public Participation.”
Ms Tydd is currently available for interviews to discuss the outcomes of the Report, the right to information and how NSW is contributing to switching on Open Government.
Please contact Kate Jobling on 0435 961 691 or email email@example.com to make your request.
For more information on the IPC and to view the Report, please visit www.ipc.nsw.gov.au