Improve proactive release of official information

A new provision in the OIA and LGOIMA should place a duty on agencies to take all reasonably practicable steps to proactively make official information publicly available, taking into account matters such as the type of information held by the agency and the public interest in it, the agency’s resources and any relevant government policy.

Why the contribution is important

Much official information is proactively released at present, but there is no duty on agencies to do so, and no over-arching strategy to make official information available. The Law Commission considered the issue in chapter 12 of its 2012 review of the Official Information Act ("The Public's Right to Know", R125) and recommended legislating to create a public duty on all agencies to proactively release information. This would improve transparency, accountability, and public participation in the policy process.

by IdiotSavant on August 12, 2016 at 03:38PM

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  • Posted by JanRivers August 24, 2016 at 22:18

    Actions to improve proactive release of information were largely covered in relation to comments about the OIA but it is clear from the comments that this action would be strongly supported.
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