Report on the operation of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009: 2014 - 2015

NSW Information Commissioner and CEO of the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) Elizabeth Tydd today released the 2014/15 Report on the operation of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).

View the Report on the operation of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009: 2014 – 2015 here.

“This Report provides an analysis of five years of operation of the GIPA Act across our five regulated sectors. I am pleased to confirm that this Report recognises that most agencies are improving their processes for dealing with applications to access information. However, after five years of operation there is still a need to improve how much information is being released to the community and how agencies engage with the communities they serve,” said Ms Tydd.

“Transactional practices across the sectors* are generally improving, indicating that requests for access to government information are being met in a more timely and responsive manner.”

“The forward focus includes working with public sector agencies to achieve the objectives of the GIPA Act; promoting a rigorous, comprehensive and citizen-centric approach to information management through sound leadership; and, along with our state and territory counterparts, contributing to the national agenda to switch on Open Government across Australia,” said Ms Tydd.

* Sectors that are regulated by the GIPA Act include government (government departments and state-owned corporations), councils, universities and Ministers’ offices.