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The comparison with the two offices that currently combine these functions elsewhere are Office of Australian Information Commissioner $12.6 million, and Queensland Information Commissioner $5.9 million
This service group contributes to protection and advocacy of rights in the community, and an open and accountable government, by working towards a range of intermediate results that include:
▪ privacy rights and rights to access information understood by the public
▪ increased access to information
▪ improved protection of personal information
▪ fewer complaints over conduct of government agencies in releasing information
▪ fewer formal applications for access to information
▪ fewer people seeking review of agency decisions
▪ improved information management by agencies
▪ effective stakeholder relationships.
The commission has a staff of 32 (33 in 2011-2012) and in the last 12 months undertook 302 reviews compared to the forecast 100, investigated 60 complaints (100), had 438,000 hits on its website (120,000) and received 419 privacy complaints. Only three agency audits were undertaken as against a forecast 10, with only three planned in the year ahead. Not anywhere near enough to my mind to keep agencies on their toes.