Australian Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen have today released the inaugural dashboard of metrics on the public’s use of freedom of information (FOI) access rights.
The metrics will enable the community to examine the performance of their local FOI laws and to advocate accordingly, as well as improving community understanding of how FOI laws work and how to access them.
In recognition of the release of the FOI metrics, the listed independent statutory officers have released the following statement:
The right to access information is a fundamental tenet of Open Government. The dashboard of metrics on public use of FOI access laws is a first for Australia. The dashboard reflects the currently available data that is reasonably comparable across jurisdictions and the priority in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan to promote the importance of better measuring and improving our understanding of the public’s use of rights under freedom of information laws.
We encourage the community to use the dashboard to better understand how FOI laws can be used to ensure government is releasing and providing access to more information to build public trust and promote an effective and contemporary model of Open Government that is fair, accountable and transparent.
Elizabeth Tydd, Information Commissioner, New South Wales
Rachael Rangihaeata, Information Commissioner, Queensland
Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Information Commissioner
Brenda Monaghan, Information Commissioner, Northern Territory
Richard Connock, Ombudsman, Tasmania
Sven Bluemmel, Information Commissioner, Victoria
Wayne Lines, Ombudsman, South Australia
Su Lloyd, Acting Information Commissioner, Western Australia