IPC NSW Launches Information Governance Agency Self-assessment Tools

 

The Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) NSW launches today on-line Information Governance Agency Self-assessment Tools for all agencies within New South Wales.

The Self-assessment Tools enables agencies to conduct an assessment of their systems and policies that ensure their compliance with privacy and information access requirements.

Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Tydd said, “The tools will facilitate self-assessment of the privacy, information access, information management and governance practices of the organisations efficiently fulfilling IPC’s role of improving privacy awareness and management throughout NSW.”

The on-line Self-Assessment tools enable agencies to:

  • assess compliance against key privacy and information access requirements
  • link to IPC guidance that promote better practices and enhance compliance
  • generate dashboard reports detailing agency compliance levels
  • more precisely identify areas where improvements are required and
  • develop comprehensive plans to improve compliance with privacy and information access requirements.

The tools will enable agencies to measure the maturity of their information governance systems and implement plans to further develop those systems and confidently meet their information access and privacy requirements.

 “Leaders occupy an important role in promoting awareness and fostering an organisational culture that advances sound information governance. The Tools provide dashboard reports to ensure that leaders are able to assess information governance maturity within their organisations and support a commitment to action that will ensure compliance with privacy and information access requirements.

“The adoption of an open access and open data culture within government and by agencies requires a cultural shift – from controlling and shielding information to releasing it and allowing others to use it. This must be supported by a governance framework that is committed to an open access/data culture.”

Privacy Commissioner, Ms Samantha Gavel said, “Leaders who recognise the importance of good personal information handling in delivering services and building the trust of their customers, and actively encourage staff to embed privacy in their business processes, will make privacy core to the business and not just a compliance issue.”

There are two Self-assessment tools:

These Information Governance Agency Self-assessment Tools are available free of charge and are downloadable from the Information and Privacy Commission NSW website:  https://www.ipc.nsw.gov.au/

 

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IPC media team on 0435 961 691 or email ccadigital@ipc.nsw.gov.au

About the Information and Privacy Commission NSW
The Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) is a separate agency. It supports the functions of the Information Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner in respect of privacy and information access laws in NSW. For further information about the IPC visit our website at www.ipc.nsw.gov.au