Provision of public access to Commonwealth Government information, protection of individuals’ personal information, and performance of information commissioner, freedom of information and privacy functions.In order to achieve this outcome the strategic priorities are
• promoting open government by encouraging proactive publication
• participating in the development and implementation of the national information policy framework
• promoting and securing the protection of personal information
• enhancing the OAIC’s capacity to achieve its vision of ‘An Australia where government information is managed as a national resource and personal information is respected and protected’.
• conduct reviews of FOI decisions made by ministers and agencies• monitor, investigate and report on agency compliance with the FOI Act• assist agencies in their implementation of the Information Publication Scheme under the FOI Act, and review agency compliance with the Information Publication Scheme• promote awareness and understanding of the FOI Act and its objectives• investigate complaints about interference with privacy• inquire into acts or practices that may be interferences with privacy• conduct audits of the personal information handling practices of Commonwealth and ACT agencies and other organisations covered by the Privacy Act• foster public discussion and conduct educational programs to promote proactive publication, access to information and privacy protection• advice on information management in Australian Government agencies.
- finalising 80% of privacy and Freedom of Information complaints within 12 months, and completing 80% FOI merit reviews within 6 months, which won't necessarily comfort those hoping for speedy turnaround time on their matter;
- completing an unspecified number of audit reviews of personal information handling practices within 6 months of commencement, and
- undertaking 10 Information Publication Scheme compliance reviews.
• Australian Government agencies have implemented and comply with the requirements of the Information Publication Scheme and disclosure logs.• Any reviews requested by the Government as part of the implementation of FOI reforms have been conducted.• Principles on open public sector information have been published and promoted.• A methodology for the measurement of the economic and social value of public sector information has been developed.• OAIC merits review and complaint handling processes meet timeliness and quality benchmarks.• Information and education products on privacy, FOI and information policy have been developed and meet stakeholder needs.