Championing Open Government: Right to Know Week 2017 wrap up
In 2017, NSW marked Right to Know Week from 25 September to 1 October.
This year’s theme was ‘Right to Information: Open and accountable government and the media’s role’, where:
- Open government builds community trust
- Government transparency strengthens community participation and our democracy
- Community access to government-held information keeps us accountable and transparent.
This means that:
- I have a right to access government information
- I have a responsibility to release government information
- Communities have the right to know. Governments have a responsibility to share.
The Information and Privacy Commission NSW took the opportunity to spread the message of individual’s right of access to government information and open, transparent governance through a number of key initiatives:
- Signing up 52 RTKW Champions – an IPC record to date!
- Participation in the joint Australian/NZ Information Commissioners media release
- Participation in the Queensland flagship event, the Solomon Lecture with guest presenter, Mr Kerry O’Brien
- Release of the ‘Monitoring of Agency Disclosure Log Practices Report’ – a report on the IPC and ten principal departments’ disclosure logs, and considerations for all agencies on how to maximise transparency and public access to information in their operational context
- Blog post with the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
- Blog post and podcast with the State Record Authority of NSW
The IPC also announced an upcoming new resource soon to be available – an e-learning module on Open Data that will offer a great education tool on how to make data open and accessible to your stakeholders and the community, in collaboration with the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.