The current commissioner Elizabeth Tydd took up the post earlier this year and clearly attached a priority to compliance-finally-with this mandatory annual reporting requirement.
I'm yet to have a close look but the Commissioner reports that three years of information about agency performance
"..confirms the Act is achieving its goal of improving the general approach of decision makers in providing timely and proactive access to information, giving the citizens of NSW confidence in Government decision making. The report indicates that the strategic intent of the Act is largely being met with most agencies complying with the Act’s requirements.The high level snapshot reveals:
- consistent and credible levels of information release
- high levels of timeliness
- increasing number of valid applications
- the application of public interest considerations
- greater release of information through agency reviews."
- 50,318 applications were lodged across the five sectors
- 82% of those applications were lodged with government agencies, state owned corporations or Ministers
- 17% of the applications were lodged with NSW councils
- 61% of the applications lodged with government are attributed to three agencies: Police (36%) RMS (15%) and WorkCover (10%)
- 87% of decisions made by agencies were processed within the statutory time frame
- There is a positive trend with 2,245 invalid applications received in 2010 – 2011 reduced to 1,699 in 2012 – 2013.