Open Government Partnership – Australia

3.1 - Information access and management

Overall status:
On-track

Australia will ensure our information access laws, policies and practices are modern and appropriate for the digital information age.

As part of this, we will consider and consult on options to develop a simpler and more coherent framework for managing and accessing government information that better reflects the digital era, including the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), the Archives Act 1983 (Archives Act) and, where relevant, the Privacy Act 1988 (with primary focus on the Archives Act and FOI Act), which is supported by efficient and effective policies and practices.

Current status

Discovery and User research

Consultation on options for reform

In January to June 2017 AGD undertook a discovery phase of user research, consulting with a broad range of stakeholders (government and non-government) to better understand how current information frameworks operate in practice and identify issues. AGD has adopted the DTA’s user-centred design approach to consultation. AGD has consulted 30 government agencies, 17 civil society members and nine end users.

Co-design options for reform

The team are coordinating a Policy Jam to present the findings of the initial consultation (our Discovery phase) and bring together stakeholders from government, non-government and civil society to co-design reform options.  We will send invitations shortly.

Contact

Attorney-General's Department

Website: https://www.ag.gov.au

Email: InformationFrameworks@ag.gov.au

Other stakeholders

Government: The National Archives of Australia, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Non-Government: Non-government organisations (including Australian Open Government Partnership Network, Accountability Round Table, and Australian Privacy Foundation), peak bodies (including Law Council of Australia, Australian Press Council, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance), archivists, academics and researchers, journalists, and state/territory information commissioners..

For a detailed list of stakeholders please visit: https://www.ag.gov.au

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Status

AGD undertake work with a range of stakeholders (government and non-government) to better understand how current information frameworks operate in practice and identify issues. (Jan - Mar 2017)

Milestones 1 and 2 extended to ensure effective consultation through user‑centred design approach.

Delayed

AGD develop, in consultation with stakeholders, a range of options for reform to information access laws, policies and practices, including consideration of oversight mechanisms. (Mar - Jun 2017)

Milestones 1 and 2 extended to ensure effective consultation through user‑centred design approach.

Delayed

AGD conduct broad public consultation on options for reform to information frameworks. (Jul - Aug 2017)

On-track

Recommendation to Government, informed by consultation outcomes, on preferred reforms to deliver a coherent and simpler framework for information management and access, supported by effective and efficient policies and practices, that is appropriate for the digital information age. (Sep - Dec 2017)

On-track

Implementation of Government decision on reforms to information access laws, policies and practices. (2018 - July 2019)

On-track
Last updated: 24/07/2017

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