".... we do not have adequate resources to discharge all the functions, as required by the act, in an efficient way........ In the last five or so months we have implemented different measures that have been successful in reducing the backlog of FOI review cases. However, there is still a large backlog. There is an increase in work coming into the office. Certainly, one of the views that I will be putting during the review of the act in my own office that is forthcoming is that, under the current model in the act with the current funding and the current workload, it is not possible to meet the objectives that the office has set for itself.... In a letter to the Secretary of the department of finance about a year ago, at the time of one of the efficiency dividend rounds I expressed my concern and I drew attention to the fact that the original funding estimate was that the office would have 100 staff, but it was operating at a full-time equivalent level of about 80 staff,,,The office is doing the best it can to cope with the workload, with the staff—and, I might say, with some success. For example, since we have opened, in the space of nearly two years we have received 794 applications for information commissioner review and have resolved over half of those, 402. Equally, we have received 273 complaints just in the FOI area alone and resolved 206. The office is certainly achieving some success. But there is a large backlog that is still unresolved and that is a matter of genuine concern."
If the OPG membership case advances within government, agencies other than OAIC that also stand to benefit through assistance to achieve their objectives, and/or old moneybags at Finance would need to dig deep to come up with the necessary.