Improving official information practices

Last updated: 19 July 2017

The State Services Commission has established this programme of work to improve agencies’ official information practices. 

The State Services Commission has established this programme of work to improve agencies’ official information practices in line with Dame Beverley Wakem’s recommendations in her report Not a game of hide and seek and to deliver on the Government’s 2016-18 National Action Plan under the international Open Government Partnership (Commitment 2). 

The aims of the programme also align with the Chief Ombudsman’s strategic focus on improving agency capability in the processing of official information requests.

This programme of work has three streams:

  • Compliance,
  • Pro-active release and
  • Building capability.

Compliance

Growing government agencies’ leadership in this area so they can confidently report on compliance with the letter and spirit of the OIA.

Expected outcomes: Requesters are able to easily access information and guidance to support their official information requests.

Increased transparency around agency compliance with the OIA fosters a better appreciation of, and compliance with, the OIA.

The SSC will be publishing government agencies’ Official Information Act statistics, on a regular basis.

Proactive release

Encouraging pro-active release of official information.

Expected outcomes: Agencies pro-actively make more information available, including Cabinet papers and related material, to help ensure government is open and transparent and to enhance public participation.

Building capability

Advising on and guiding improvement in government agencies’ capability.

Expected outcomes: Agencies have a better understanding of their current level of capability in managing official information, are able to identify where they can improve and are supported by system leadership to achieve this.