Senior management should be held to account
15.13 The ALRC continues to see the benefits of including in the performance agreements of senior officers in Australian Government agencies a responsibility to ensure efficient and effective information-handling practices. As noted in ALRC 77, giving tangible incentives to staff to pay greater attention to, and to improve, an agency’s information-handling practices will increase the likelihood of cultural change.
Staff need more guidance on information handling
Oaths of secrecy should be limited to obligations at law
Changes to Archives Act
And current uncertainty about the relationship between the Archives Act and secrecy provisions in other acts should be removed: