What Changes Will it Mean?

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Open Government requires public authorities to make as much information as possible available to the public.

This includes the following measures:

  • The proactive publication of information via a publication scheme and the official Gazette,
  • The facility for inspection of records in a reading room or on a website,
  • The implementation of processes to manage requests for information from members of the public.

The Freedom of Information Law does not require that public authorities create a record to respond to a request.

Public authorities will be required to provide access to information easily and quickly.

Records Management

All public authorities will be required to comply with a Code of Practice relating to the keeping, disposal and transfer of records to the National Archives.

Publication Schemes

A publication scheme should include details on anything administered by the agency, including interpretations, rules, guidelines, practices or precedents used. Published information must be made available to the public for inspection or purchase.

Within 12 months of the introduction of the Freedom of Information Law, this compilation must be published in the Official Gazette, and thereafter within each successive 12-month period.

Last Updated: 2008-11-20